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Development of Policy Strategies and National Action Plan for marine protection in Sri Lanka

National Consultative Workshop

Project title: Development of Policy Strategies and National Action Plan for marine protection in Sri Lanka

Location: Covers territorial waters of Sri Lanka, its Fore-Shore and the Coastal Zone of Sri Lanka

Duration: 15 August 2017 to 15 January 2018

Project background: The Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) is the apex body established by the Government of Sri Lanka, under the Marine Pollution Prevention Act No. 35 of 2008, with the mandate  to prevent, control, and manage the pollution of Sri Lanka's marine environment.  With increasing ocean traffic and ocean related pollution including plastics, threats due to oil spills, invasive species, ballast water issues compounded by land base pollution to coastal and marine environments have required MEPA to update its Strategy and Action plans to suit current context.

The Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) is the apex body established by the Government of Sri Lanka, under the Marine Pollution Prevention Act No. 35 of 2008, with the sole responsibility to prevent, control, and manages the pollution of Sri Lanka's marine environment and MEPA is responsible for the enforcement of this enactment. 

Based on the IUCN expertise in multi-stakeholder engagement and multi-sector planning combined with its extensive expertise in coastal and marine area, the MEPA has selected IUCN to provide technical assistance to prepare the new MEPA approach covering policy, strategies and the action plan covering medium to long-term time horizons, in keeping with International Conventions and Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).

Since August 2017, IUCN is working closely with many sector agencies and MEPA staff on the development of Policy Strategies and National Action plan for Marine Environment Protection in Sri Lanka. The activity is expected to be completed by January 2018.  

Objectives of the project: 

  • Carry out detailed survey of existing problems and issues of coastal and marine environment pollution and protection
     
  • Assess the root causes and remedies for the growing challenge of pollution in the urbanized coastal environment
     
  • Assess the problems of marine pollution connected with ballast water discharges, invasive alien species and hydrocarbon extraction and propose mechanisms to provide rapid responses to protect the sensitive areas
     
  • Assess the mechanisms for integration of the preceding objectives of the study with the national commitment to implementation of SDGs with particular consideration to SDG 14 ‘Life Below water’- Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
     
  • Assess research and education needs at all levels of society to facilitate achievement of the strategic objective of ‘prevention, control and management of coastal and marine pollution’ 

Outputs:

  • Policy, strategies and national action plan for marine environment protection in Sri Lanka 

Donors: Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA)

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