‘Sri Lanka Next’, a landmark campaign to take Sri Lanka towards the Blue Green era, was formally initiated on 6th January 2016 under the aegis of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH).
A series of strategic policy announcements and national initiatives and activities have been planned throughout the year to familiarize all stakeholders of economy, including the private and state sectors and civil society, about the mitigation and adaptation strategies that Sri Lanka must adopt to face the challenge of climate change.
Conceptualized with the aim of integrating all sections of the Sri Lankan society to participate in Sri Lanka’s journey towards the global vision to limit the rise of global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, the ‘Sri Lanka Next’ campaign will propel the nation to the next level of sustainable low emission development paradigm, where opportunities arising from the emerging new green economy and blue economy would be tapped.
The President of Sri Lanka, who is also the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, will steer the campaign under his personal direction in conjunction with the Central Environmental Authority (CEA), the Forest Department’s REDD+ initiative together with Department of Wildlife Conservation, National Climate Secretariat (NCS) and all other relevant institutions in the Government and Private Sector and international agencies.
The key focus of this national initiative is to ensure that Sri Lanka as a nation shifts towards clean renewable energy and divests from fossil fuel consumption for the industrial and transport sectors. This will reduce reliance on fossil fuel based fertilizer inputs and help adopt organic agricultural practices, while adhering strictly to good waste management practices and emissions reduction, enabling commercial and domestic activities. A low carbon emission development model would be adopted with green and blue economic policies becoming the main pillar for the nation’s future path in sustainable economic and social development.