Biodiversity Study on Abundance & Biological Patterns/Wildlife in the Project Areal

Project : Biodiversity Study on Abundance & Biological Patterns/Wildlife in the Project Areal

Client : Mahawelia Authority Sri Lanka(MASL)

Donor : Government of Sri Lanka

Biodiversity study on the abundance and behavioral patterns / wild life in the project area with specific reference to the elephants and endangered fish species considering the cumulative impacts of both Kaluganga and Moragahakanda projects. Preparation of a comprehensive wild life management plan together with a monitoring programme. Preparation of a transplanting and translocation plan (including salvaging/rescuing of plants and animals to translocate and transplant displaced /affected fauna and flora. Preparation of a mitigatory plan including mitigatory measures to minimize impacts.

Hambantota Integrated Coastal Management Project

Project : Hambantota Integrated Coastal Management Project

Client : Coast Conservation Department (CCD)

Donor : NORAD

HICZMP was to implement field measures and interventions to prevent degradation of natural and sensitive eco-systems in the coastal zone of Hambantota District. The project also established regulatory frame work for sustainable management of coastal zone by local authorities and communities. Under 3 interrelated sub projects, EML performed following activities: development of conceptual land-use plans; development of Environmental Guidelines; establishment of mangrove nurseries and ; development of measures to prevent further resource degradation; Implementation of mitigatory action plans for the prevention of pollution of selected areas; Resource inventory/assessment; and awareness/ training programmes for stakeholders.

Mangrove Management Plans for Mangrove Areas Associated with Negombo, Chilaw and Puttalam Lagoons

Project : Mangrove Management Plans for Mangrove Areas Associated with Negombo, Chilaw and Puttalam Lagoons

Client : FAO

Donor : FAO

The project is under the Regional Fisheries Livelihood Project (RFLP) which promotes improved habitat management through greater community participation. The activities included awareness programs and implementation strategies for community participation in the utilization, conservation, and rehabilitation of mangrove ecosystems. Series of training and education programs were implemented including continuous monitoring and adaptation of management plan.

Feasibility Studies for the Development of Three Fisheries Harbours

Project : Feasibility Studies for the Development of Three Fisheries Harbours

Client : NIRAS A/S, MTHojgaard A/S, Denmark

Donor : MTHojgaard / Danish Developments Fund

These harbors in Gurunagar-Jaffna, Silawathura – Mannar , and Gandara – Matara were to be developed to serve deep sea going vessels (Long Liners) and to be equipped with modern shore infrastructure facilities including quay walls, auction halls, slipways, fuel and water facilities, ice production and storage facilities, administrative buildings, etc. EML conducted Pre-feasibility assessments, consultations with stakeholders including line ministries and authorities; MFARD, CFHC.
Carryout hydro-graphic surveys, Geo-technical investigations, environmental parameters (water and sediment quality, etc and development of designs and harbor layouts, including breakwater sections.

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) – Kalpitiya Tourism Development Area

Project : Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) - Kalpitiya Tourism Development Area

Donor : Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA)

Client : Government of Sri Lanka

Approximately 1,700 ha in Kalpitiya Peninsula in the North Western Province has been identified as development area for tourism. A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) was conducted by EML with the objective to assess and minimize adverse environmental impacts. The assessment focused on preserving unique environmental features of Kalpitiya area, with special emphasis on adjoining environment of the area which includes, the bar reef, lagoon, Wilpattu National Park, and Kala-Oya estuary. The EIA recommended mitigation measures in order to ensure sustainable development strategy including a zonal plan.

Impact Assessment Study – Proposed Four Star Resort at Waskaduwa

Project : Impact Assessment Study – Proposed Four Star Resort at Waskaduwa

Donor : Citrus Leisure PLC

Client : Citrus Leisure PLC

The total land extent of the project site is 8 A 1 R and 2 P, totaling around 342,200 sq. ft. The building foot print encompasses an area of 124,312 sq ft, making the total built up foot print of the hotel to be 36% of the total land area at the project site. The main building is a four storied structure. The total floor area of the proposed buildings stands approximately at 284,500 sq ft. In addition several other structures such as a swimming pool, restaurants, car parks, minor staff accommodations will be established on the site. All the major construction work is proposed on land beyond the 40 m set back area specified by the CCD. No offshore structures (such as sea water intakes, outfalls, jetties, etc) will be built.

The EIA was carried out covering the physical, biological, socio economic as well as cultural issues that are projected to arise from such a project. The following areas were focused on, Line Agency consultation; Ecological Assessment; Socio Economic Assessment.

This information was used to assess the base line situation of the project. Baseline conditions were recorded, potential impacts were identified, and the preventive/mitigatory measures for any impacts that would surface via the project as well as measures to enhance the environment were provided. An environmental monitoring plan encompassing both constructional and operational phases was also produced.

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