Environment Assessments

Project : Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of Havelock City Mixed Residential Development Project

Client : Shing Kwan Management Limited

Donor : Shing Kwan Management Limited

Havelock City Project is a mixed urban development comprising residential apartments, shopping complex; recreational facilities, a 300 room hotel and other urban amenities. The project is aptly described as a ‘City within a City’. EML was responsible for all environmental and social aspects of the project. The EIA report included an Environmental Monitoring Plan (EMP) to ensure environmental safeguards maintained at all stages of construction.

Project : Environment and Social Impact Assessments for 14 Bridge Sites

Client : Mabey Bridge Limited

Donor : Mabey Bridge Limited

The 14 bridges were located in the districts of Killinochchi, Nuwaraeliya, Galle, Kalutara, Ratnapura, Badulla, Gampaha, and Colombo. The assessment concentrated on the analysis of baseline environmental conditions, and physical, environmental, ecological and socioeconomic aspects. Specific ecological survey was focused on the determination of fragile habitats and/or presence of any endemic or threatened plant and animal species in the river flows affected by the construction of bridges.

Project : Environmental Impact Assessment(EIA) - for Dutch Bay Resort Development Project-Kalpitiya

Client : Dutch Bay Resorts (Pvt) Limited

Donor : Dutch Bay Resorts (Pvt) Limited

Approved by the Board of Investment, the Dutch Bay Resort is a US$255mn development focused on tourism. The EIA examined the environmental and social impacts of the proposed development and suggested mitigatory measures to minimize any possible adverse consequences for the pristine nature in the site. The EIA was conducted according to the Terms of Reference (TOR) issued by the Coast Conservation Department, which is the Project Approving Agency (PAA).

Project : Assessment of Status of Hazardous waste generation and disposal in Sri Lanka

Client : Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI)

Donor : Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) - November 2013

Hazardous wastes generated from various sources are estimated to be around 50,000 tonnes/per annum by year 2005. In view of this situation, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources wished to assess the current status of hazardous waste generation and disposal in Sri Lanka, in order to set up a hazardous waste treatment and disposal facility.

Reviewing and updating of existing studies and data/information on hazardous waste, identification of sources of hazardous waste generation; analyze types and quantities of waste generated, identification and recommendation of optimum methods/equipment of treatment for the different types of hazardous wastes including preparation of cost estimates, construction schedules and time frames.

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.

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.

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.


Client : Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Cauvery Basin

Donor : Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat.

Client : Government of Sri Lanka.

EML conducted the Strategic Environmental Assessment of exploration activities on petroleum resources in the Cauvery Basin which are undertaken by the Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat. Floating and bottom founded drilling rigs were used in the study area The assessment examined the project–environmental interactions associated with exploratory drilling and seismic surveys (2D, 3D, vertical Seismic profiling, Geo-hazard surveys) to determine impacts and recommended mitigatory measures.


Client : Environmental Monitoring of MPNGA Hydro-Project,at Kamwenge,UGANDA

Donor : VSHYDRO (Pvt) Limited.

Client : Government of UGANDA

The Mpanga River hydro-power plant is one of a portfolio of 13 small hydro-power (SHP) projects located in Sri Lanka and Uganda with a combined generation capacity of 70MW. They are being developed, owned and operated by South Asia Energy Management Systems (SAEMS), a US-based renewable power developer, requiring a total investment of US$110 million. EML was responsible for environmental aspects including short term and long term monitoring.


Client : JBIC Study on Promoting Clean Development Mechanism [CDM] in Sri Lanka

Donor : JBIC

Client : JBIC

Objective of the study was to assist Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC) in Colombo to implement the Kyoto Mechanisms designed to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and initiate promotion of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in Sri Lanka. EML provided technical expertise in analyzing information on barriers for CDM development; determine future prospects for CDM development considering the national development policies; and, recommendations to enhance CDM prospects in Sri Lanka. The study also established base line for small scale CDM Project activities in accordance with provisions for the use of approved and new methodologies, contained in decision 17/CP.7.