Janathakshan joined with number of other organizations to urge the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to consider Sri Lanka’s first proposal to GCF.

Janathakshan joined with number of other organizations to urge the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to consider Sri Lanka’s first proposal to GCF. The Independent Technical Advisory Panel (iTAP) has given last minute comments while not recommending the proposal on climate change adaptation without any room for providing comments. This proposal is very timely and very important since it addresses water and irrigation sector adaptation measures which are recognized in the draft National Adaptation Plan (NAPs) and Civil Society Climate Adaptation Action Plan. The letter to the Board Members of GCF ahead of its 13th Board meeting is shown here.  It is endorsed by 20 CSOs including Janathakshan

Sri Lanka CSO Letter to GCF Board

 

 

 

Janathakshan and NDB Bank Join Hands to Mitigate the Human Elephant Conflict in Sri Lanka

Janathakshan and NDB Bank Join Hands to Mitigate the Human Elephant Conflict in Sri Lanka

22nd September 2014, Colombo – Addressing the second most frequently reported natural disaster in the country, Janathakshan and NDB Bank, Sri Lanka joined hands in favour of implementing Palmyra bio-fencing technology to mitigate the Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) in Sri Lanka.Reportedly killing 160 elephants and 50 humans annually, the HEC has permeated every district in Sri Lanka.

The signing of a formal agreement between green technology leader, Janathakshan and NDB bank was held at the NDB Bank head office premises in Colombo. Initially, the partnership will work on establishing a 1km Palmyra biofence in Nikaweratiya which will have multiple benefits in the future; saving the lives of these majestic creatures and providing them nutritious feed, Palmyra is an income source for poor villagers, a means for rural employment, a medicinal source and a carbon fixing medium.

Dhanan Senathiraja, Vice President and Head - Finance and Planning along with Manicus Paiva - Vice President Administration and Services signed the agreement on behalf of NDB bank. Ranga Pallawala, CEO and Chopadithya Edirisinghe, Director signed on behalf of Janathakshan. The occasion was also graced by Mr. Vajira Hettige, Senior Manager -Disaster Management and Climate Change Adaptation and Mr. Nishath Thiwanka, Project Manager - Practical Answers at Janathakshan and Ms. Ishani Senaweera Vice President - HR of NDB bank. Palmyra bio-fencing is an indigenous technology used for centuries to prevent elephant encroachment into human settlements in Sri Lanka. This technology was further researched and improved by Mr. Ranasinghe Perera, Director Janathakshan making it a climate friendly, environment friendly, cost effective and long-lasting technology to mitigate the impacts of the Human Elephant Conflict.   

To read more on the benefits of Palmyra biofencing technology please visit www.palmyrabiofencing.org

 

Janathakshan and NDB bank join hands to mitigate the HEC in Sri Lanka

 

 

Ranga Pallawala, CEO, Janathakshan signing the agreement

Sustainable Tourism Awareness Workshop

Janathakshan (Gte) Ltd and People In Need, Cz Conduct Sustainable Tourism Awareness Workshop on the EU SWITCH- Asia Initiative

Kandy, 25th August 2014- Janathakshan (Gte) Ltd and People In Need, (Czech Republic) conducted the Sustainable Tourism Awareness Workshop on the EU SWITCH-Asia Initiative “Up-scaling Biogas Technology for Sustainable Development and Mitigating Climate Change in Sri Lanka.” Organized in collaboration with the Kandy Hotels Association the workshop was held at the Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy and saw the participation of 30 key tourism entities in the central province. The workshop aimed to build awareness on biogas technology and promote sustainable and responsible tourism based on the principles of environmental integrity, social justice and maximizing local economic benefits to ensure Sri Lanka is a better place for people to live and visit.  

The hospitality industry is one of the largest drivers of economic growth; it is also one of the most energy-intensive, accounting for around one-fifth of total industrial CO2 emissions. Biogas improves environmental stewardship by reducing GHG emissions and supporting renewable energy. Biogas provides power with a purpose reducing costs by converting hotel waste into sustainable energy with enduring value. Workshop participants were also given the opportunity to inspect an operational biogas unit at Cinnamon Citadel installed by Janathakshan and working successfully since 2011.

 

Cinnamon Citadel waste management center

 

Guided tour of an operational biogas unit at Cinnamon Citadel installed by Janathakshan and working successfully since 2011

 

Lighting the traditional oil lamp

 

Kandy Municipal Council Waste Management Policy presented by KMC Engineer N. Dissanayake

 

Participants inspect operational biogas unit at Cinnamon Citadel installed by Janathakshan and working successfully since 2011

 

Participants visited Cinnamon Citadel Waste Management Center

 

Participants were given a guided tour of an operational biogas unit at Cinnamon Citadel installed by Janathakshan in 2011

 

Rohitha Ananada, Janathakshan presenting on the benefits of biogas to the tourism sector

 

The EU SWITCH Asia project presented by Damitha Samarakoon, Janathakshan GTE Ltd

 

Waste seperation practiced and advocated by Cinnamon Citadel

 

Waste seperation practiced at Cinnamon Citadel

 

Southern Province Biogas Technology Awareness Workshop

Janathakshan and People in Need, Cz hold Southern Province Biogas Technology Awareness Workshop on the EU SWITCH-Asia Initiative

Galle, 29th August 2014- Janathakshan together with project partner People in Need (PIN), Czech Republic and the Southern Provincial Development Authority conducted the Southern Province Biogas Technology awareness workshop under the EU SWITCH-ASIA Initiative “Up-scaling Biogas Technology for Sustainable Development and Mitigating Climate Change in Sri Lanka.” Held on the 29th August 2014 at the Chamber of Commerce Conference Hall, Galle the workshop was graced by Chief Minister Southern Province Hon. Shan Vijayalal De Silva, Provincial representatives from the Ministry of Health, Education, Environment, Industry, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Local Government representatives, Hoteliers, Bank managers both private and national, International and Local NGO’s and biogas users in the region.

Funded by the European Union the EU SWITCH Asia initiative is a joint partnership between local partner Janathakshan and People in Need, Cz, focused on up-scaling biogas technologies for sustainable development, responsible tourism, economic growth contributing to poverty reduction and climate change mitigation in Sri Lanka. The Southern Province awareness workshop is the third of four provincial awareness creation workshops under the EU SWITCH-ASIA Initiative. Prior to this workshop, well attended awareness workshops were held in the North Western and Eastern Province.  The Southern Province awareness workshop will see the participation of all provincial stakeholders and promote the use of biogas as a renewable, clean energy source for public authorities, households and tourism Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Participants will also be given the opportunity to witness success stories from other districts and have interactive multi-stakeholder discussions.

Chief Minister Southern Province Hon. Shan Vijayalal De Silva said “We at the Southern Provincial Council are trying to create awareness and change attitudes so people recognize waste for the resource that it is. Biogas technology has the potential to convert waste into energy for lighting and cooking whilst contributing to eco-friendly, sustainable development and we welcome the EU SWITCH-Asia initiative.”

 

 Damitha Samarakoon,Project Manager, Janathakshan addressing the gathering

 

Mr. Kumara Karavita, Chairman SPDA welcomes Hon. Shan Wijayalal De Silva, Chief Minister, Southern Provincial Council 

 

 

Dignatories light the traditional oil lamp

 

Mr. Kumara Karavita, Chairman SPDA delivering the welcome address

 

Hon. Shan Wijayalal De Silva, Chief Minister, Southern Provincial Council addresses the workshop

 

 

 

Prof. Saman Chandana Ediriweera explains the Effects of Methane Gas on the Environment

 

Rohitha Ananda, Snr.Engineer, Janathakshan explains the benefits of biogas

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