Govt. to launch soil erosion study of Sri Lanka’s main tourism and fisheries coasts
The proposal to begin research studies on coastal soil erosion in the east, south and west coasts of Sri Lanka made by President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment was approved by the Cabinet.
The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) had decided to concentrate the study within these coastal geographical regions because they have been identified as the highest income generators in respective of the fishing and tourism sectors of the country.
The impact of soil erosion in Sri Lanka’s coastal areas has resulted in acute environmental and socio-economic complications that have impacted the lives of area-residents and hindered the country’s development initiatives in these regions.
Sediment transport down the east, south and west coasts ofthe country will be closely scrutinised in order to discern the magnitude of coastal soil erosion in the areas and help develop a strategy to implement a viable management system for the areas.
Environmental impact studies will act as an encouraging signal to investors who will interpret it as a sign that the government of Sri Lanka intended to guarantee the development of coastal regions in a manner that complied with international adherence with environmental norms.
It will also imply that investors will be able to find out what areas would cause problems on construction etc. thereby mitigating their risks and costs to a considerable extent.
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