Tag Archives: World Environment Day

 In January this year, blood ivory weighing 1.5 tonnes was set on fire at Galle Face Green with President Maithripala Sirisena presiding over the occasion. It was to be a message to smugglers that trafficking would not be tolerated in Sri Lanka. Environmentalists, however, claimed that illegal wildlife trade was still on the rise, with […]

Former Deputy Director of Customs Samantha Gunasekara recently stated that the illegal trade in wildlife is the second largest illegal trade in the world, with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) figures estimating that it amounts to between S$91 billion and S$258 billion annually. He made this statement at the ‘Illegal Trade in Wildlife’ panel discussion […]

Domestic Laws in Sri Lanka need to be strengthened to combat the illegal wildlife trade and conserve the country’s rich Biodiversity Biodiversity Sri Lanka (BSL), The Institute of Environmental Professionals- Sri Lanka (IEPSL) and the Base for Enthusiasts of Environmental Science and Zoology (BEEZ); a student body with a common interest in Zoology and Environmental […]

Organised criminals doing a thriving illegal wildlife trade in Sri Lanka are operating with the connivance of certain government and private sector institutions, a former senior Customs officer has charged. Sri Lanka has become a transit point for the illegal trade in wildlife given its location on the main East-West trade route and good shipping […]

LAUGFS Leisure recently organized a beach cleanup project in the Passikudah area in an effort to create awareness towards a cleaner and safer environment. The staff of Anantaya Passikudah, the latest addition to the Anantaya luxury resort chain, teamed up and volunteered to clean the beach front in commemoration of the World Environment Day. Speaking […]

ODEL clean up team hauls down 40 sacks of rubbish from Lion Rock on World Environment Day Callous visitors defile the historic Sigiriya rock with 40 sack loads of rubbish each day, an alarming fact brought vividly alive by employees of ODEL who undertook to clean up the site to mark World Environment Day this […]

It’s easy to be pessimistic about the state of the world’s forests. Yet all hope is not lost. There are remain good reasons for optimism when it comes to saving the world’s forests. On the occasion of World Environment Day 2016 (June 5), the United Nations’ “day” for raising awareness and encouraging action to protect […]

June 07, New York: Sri Lanka stands ready to combat illegal trafficking of wildlife which has become one of the largest transnational organized criminal activities alongside drugs, arms and human trafficking, a top diplomat to the United Nations said Monday. Delivering a statement at a special high-level event at the United Nations Headquarters in New […]

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon celebrated World Environment Day on 5th June by engaging in the planting of Jak and Mango trees in the gardens of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL). Jak (Artocarpus heterophyllus) and Mango (Mangifera indica) are believed to be high Carbon Dioxide (CO2) absorbers, making them ideal for air purification, […]

Nations Trust Bank salutes United Nations (UN) World Environment Day and is once again proud to be associated with this key event in the UN calendar which advocates environmental protection whilstcalling for political action. Nations Trust Bank adopts a strategic and formalized approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and ensures selection, effective implementation and continuous […]