Towards wetland/lake conservation (Meeting in Colombo)
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi, India, is organising a day-long meeting on lake conservation in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on June 11, 2013 in partnership with Sri Lanka Water Partnership. The meeting will be attended by regulators, researchers, environmental lawyers and prominent NGOs from India and Sri Lanka. The meeting will help to focus on the massive water crisis that South Asian cities are facing and suggest possible solutions.
While Colombo receives an appreciable amount of rainfall, its water crisis is exacerbated by rampant encroachment and pollution of the city’s water bodies. Urban lakes have become easy targets of housing and commercial developers. Urban water bodies – marshlands, ponds, wetlands and lakes – play a vital role in ground water recharge, flood control and storm protection. They secure water for drinking, agriculture and industrial purposes.
The meeting hopes to influence the policy debate on the status of water bodies in south Asian cities, and to push policies that encourage participatory and locale-specific systems for their conservation. CSE will also develop a network of researchers, lawyers and regulators involved in lake conservation in the two countries.
Sri Lanka Foundation Institute
100, Independence Square,