Climate Dialogue in Sri Lanka

Posted: 2010-12-21

In November 2010, GWP Sri Lanka organised a Climate Change Adaptation National Dialogue, a joint activity with the Centre for Climate Change Studies of the Department of Meteorology, the Disaster Management Centre, and the Ministry of Disaster Management. The Dialogue was a follow up to two earlier activities undertaken with respect to the Southern and North Central Provinces of Sri Lanka.

Over 50 participants attended and a core recommendation of the Dialogue was to establish strong coordination arrangements to access and share hydrological data and on water and climate change related issues. While there is an Integrated Water Policy with clear recommendations on drought and flood management, there has been a lack of political commitment. While several water-related issues need addressing in an integrated manner, they are now being addressed through linkages with climate change disasters and negative environmental impacts.

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