The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) has developed an environmental resource information data base to guide the country towards sustainable development. “After the end of a destructive war of 30 years Sri Lanka is now moving towards development.
Therefore it is a timely requirement to carry out all development activities in an environmental friendly manner in order to achieve sustainable development. The CEA has developed this data base for each district as an environmental profile by using its expertise knowledge on remote sensing and special data bases,” its chairman Charitha Herath told the Business Times.
The data base will help identify the distribution of various environmental systems, environmental protective areas, water catchments, houses, industries, archeological sites, religious places, etc. These environmental profiles will be immensely helpful in preparation of development plans in order to achieve sustainable development. It also provides guidance to take decisions on land use planning in order to harness optimum usage of land and to decide the spatial distribution of land uses without conflicting each other. Because of that this data base will be important for development planners, researches in the field of environment, university students and various other professionals to provide data for their work.