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Sri Lanka to prepare GIS-based environmental database

Sri Lanka: The Central Environmental Authority (CEA), Sri Lanka, is conducting a survey on industrial processes across the island. After the survey a database will be developed by the Research and Special Project Unit of the CEA, based on GIS including all social and environmental information from these areas.

The database will include information about environment systems such as water bodies and forest cover, about culturally important places such as schools, temples, archaeological sites and information about the administrative setting of the area. The survey will see industries divided into three categories as large, medium and small-scale.

Two types of industries have been identified within the survey industries. First one is those which have obtained Environmental Protection Licence (EPL) and operate according to recommended standards and another type of industries is those which haven’t obtained EPL and violate environmental standards.

According to Sri Lankan newspaper, Sunday Observer, in 2010 more than 100 cases were filed against industries operating without EPL. In 2009 also, a large number of cases had been filed.

Source: Sunday Observer