14th November 1999

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A view from the hillsEco award for Makadawara

S.M.B. Makadawara of the Upper Mahaweli Watershed Management Project, has been selected as the recipient of the Sustained Contributor Award by the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) of America. Awards Committee Chairman Jerald S. Fifield states that Mr. Makadawara's award entry was considered very special indeed. He states, "Although your award entry titled 'Uma Oya Catchment Conservation - Sri Lanka-German Upper Mahaweli Watershed Management Project' was originally submitted in the Environmental Achievement Award category, the Awards Committee felt the soil conservation and erosion control efforts you have directed over the past years are worthy of recognition in the Sustained Contributor category.

"This award is given to the person who has demonstrated a significant and long-term contribution to the erosion and sediment control profession through education, government involvement, research or development of technology.

"The positive environmental results that you have achieved through education of farmers and extension agents, through establishment of vetiver and grass nurseries, and by increasing awareness of economical ways to control erosion are to be commended."

He has been invited to attend the opening session of the IECA's 31st Annual Conference and Trade Expo to be held in February, next year at Palm Springs, California.

He will be honoured along with other winners during the Awards of Environment Excellence ceremony and receive a plaque. He will also be expected to showcase his accomplishments, where he will describe the Uma Oya project.

The IECA serves as a global resource for people who share a common responsibility for the preservation and control of erosion.

Mr. Makadawara has been a tireless worker in erosion control in the Uma Oya catchment area and richly deserves this international honour.

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