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Campaign at Thalangama to save wetlands this Saturday

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Scenic Thalangama wetland - Image courtesy 
- Erich Joseph

Although Colombo is the World’s only RAMSAR Accredited International Wetland Capital city, haphazard developmental activities have posed a threat to these sensitive ecosystems. 

"To make the public aware of this impending danger nature lovers have organised an awareness programme on February 13 (Saturday) which will be held near the Thalangama Lake Bridge from 10am onwards"

As a result of rapid urbanisation, Colombo has already lost around 40% of its wetlands. One of the most recent developments is the construction of a 10.4km highway along the Thalangama Environment Protection Area which environmentalists opine would further destroy the land while having an irreversible impact on its biodiversity.
To make the public aware of this impending danger nature lovers have organised an awareness programme on February 13 (Saturday) which will be held near the Thalangama Lake Bridge from 10am onwards.

 

"Destroying the lake would also increase the threat of flooding as it retains floodwaters and diverts the excess into the Kelani River"


 Some of the potential impacts of constructing this highway include the destruction caused to livelihoods of people as many of them thrive on farming practices. Most communities also depend on the wetlands for fishing, lily collection, recreation and other activities. Destroying the lake would also increase the threat of flooding as it retains floodwaters and diverts the excess into the Kelani River. Without wetlands Sri Lanka’s cities will experience annual floods. As such wetlands provide critical life support, keeping people safe from floods, cooling air, filtering polluted water, providing food among other benefits. 


Hence, this call is for all nature lovers to be a part of a campaign to save the wetlands.Those participating at the event are requested to bring their masks and gloves. More information on the programme can be obtained by contacting Preethi Perera (0773601947) or Sheruni Pilapitiya (0770372114).

  Comments - 3

  • sacre blieu Wednesday, 10 February 2021 10:38 AM

    Like many other environment encroachment issues,it would also be another case in the style of , going, going, gone.

    Umar Perera Wednesday, 10 February 2021 11:33 AM

    Best wishes. Inform BBC and other interntional media to cover it? Could you do the same for Sinharaja and the coal-power plant in the North?

    RP Thursday, 11 February 2021 07:20 PM

    All the best organizers. Why is our is President missing in action on environmental issues? Isn't this impact our country's and Children's future? If he gets involved, he could single handedly stopped all these negative environmental and deforestations happening all over the Island!


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