Sri Lanka has a long-standing tradition of ecological sensitivity that stems from the country's culture and heritage. This makes it relatively easy to manage the local ecology. However, what is actually needed is a shared vision between government and industry to reverse the current, harmful trends in unsustainable industrialisation which have only emerged relatively recently.
This was noted by Padmini Batuwitage, Additional Secretary of the Environment & Policy Planning Department of the Ministry of Environment, who was speaking at the official launch of the 9th Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (APRSCP), which is scheduled to be held in Colombo on from June 10 onwards.
Set to host delegates from 32 countries and featuring 48 paper presentations, with at least 50% from international presenters, the conference will focus on areas such as climate change, basic needs, etc. and using the regions indigenous human and material resources to impact these issues.
It was also noted that over 60% of the audience participating at the last such event was from government sources while over 20% was from industry, with the rest being researchers, academics, etc.