United Nations Development Program

UNDP works helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. It helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. UNDP focuses in three main areas; sustainable development, democratic governance and peacebuilding and climate and disaster resilience. In all their activities, they encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization

Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts. Three main goals are; the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

Global Environmental Facility

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems. Since then, the GEF has provided $14.5 billion in grants and mobilized $75.4 billion in additional financing for almost 4,000 projects. The GEF has become an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations, and private sector to address global environmental issues

Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA)

The Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority was established to guide the nation in all its efforts to develop indigenous energy resources and conserve energy resources through exploration, facilitation, research & development and knowledge management in the journey of national development, paving the way for Sri Lanka to gain energy security by protecting natural, human and economic wealth by embracing best sustainability practices.

Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy

The Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment of Sri Lanka remains committed for the management of the environment and natural resources of the country, maintaining the equilibrium between the trends in rapid economic development and use of natural resource base.

Social and economic behaviour of the increasing human population has put a major threat in achieving these objectives. The ministry has framed key policies for adoption in management of environment and natural resources of the country. These policies are implemented with the participation of stakeholders including government, agencies, NGO’s and communities.

Forest Department (FD)

Forest Department was started as the Office of the Conservator of Forests in 1887 denoting the commencement of forest conservation and scientific forestry in Sri Lanka. Both forest and wildlife management was carried out by the Forest Department until the establishment of Department of Wildlife Conservation in 1949. Today about 55% of the forest lands of the country falls under the purview of the Forest Department while the balance forest area is primarily managed by the Department of Wildlife Conservation with an exception of very small extents of isolated forest patches under the purview of other state agencies and private ownership. Forest Department also manages ninety thousand hectares of forest plantations.

Ministry of Industries and Commerce

Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC) plays a dynamic role in the development of the industrial sector. It is the key Ministry responsible for promoting industrial development in the country within the wide policy framework by the government. This Ministry which is the policy formulating entity for the industrial sector has taken several initiatives to increase the industrial sector performance with emphasis on; diversified high value added industry base, high economic growth, more employment opportunities, environment sustainability, sustainable industrial development and regional industrial development.

Ministry of Plantation Industries

Their mission is to enhance the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the plantation industry through economically, socially and environmentally established plantation sector.
The following principal activities are carried out for development in the plantation sector Enhancing the productivity of cultivated lands in the plantation sector; increasing the annual rate of tea and rubber replanting, promoting the new planting in non-traditional areas, implementing research and development programmes and promotion, value addition for goods and services and promoting brand names, protecting and conservation of the ecosystem through the sustainable use of the lands.

Bionergy Association of Sri Lanka

The Bio-Energy Association of Sri Lanka (BEASL) was formed by a group of concerned citizens who have long strived to promote the use of indigenous resources for power generation and thus reduce the increasing dependence on imported fossil fuels for both generation of electricity and thermal energy requirements. In the backdrop of power shortages in the past years and the looming threat of further shortages and the escalation of costs of energy, the value of Biomass energy is at last being realized and has received the attention of the government authorities. In order to offer well considered opinions and advice for the formulation of necessary policies and plans BEASL has been incorporated as an association under the Companies Act.

Central Environmental Authority

The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) was established in August 1981 under the provision of the National Environmental Act No:47 of 1980. The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (ME&NR) which was established in December 2001 has the overall responsibility in the affairs of the CEA with the objective of integrating environmental considerations in the development process of the country. The CEA was given wider regulatory powers under the National Environment (Amendment) Acts No:56 of 1988 and No:53 of 2000.

Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka

Their vision is to create an environment for all inhabitants of Sri Lanka and the contributors to its development, to have access to essential infrastructure and utility services in the most economical manner within the boundaries of the sustainable development agenda of the country. Their mission is to regulate all the utilities within the purview of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka, to ensure safe, reliable and reasonably priced infrastructure services for existing as well as future consumers in the most equitable and sustainable manner.

Ceylon Electricity Board

Ceylon Electricity Board is a body corporate established on the 1st November 1969 under the Act of Parliament No. 17 of 1969. It is empowered to generate electrical energy, transmit the same and distribute it to reach all categories of consumers and to collect the revenue. It is also empowered to acquire assets, including human resources following the approved procedures. It is the duty of the CEB to make the optimal use of the resources through the application of pragmatic and time-tested managerial methods. Their mission is to develop and maintain an efficient, coordinated and economical system of electricity supply to Sri Lanka.

Energy Forum

The Energy Forum of Sri Lanka is a non-profit organization working to create an environment that enables the promotion and adoption of renewable and distributed energy, energy efficiency and integrated sustainable resource management mechanisms to alleviate poverty, to address energy capacity deficiencies and to protect the environment. As a network of individuals and organizations from government institutions, Provincial Councils, the private sector, NGOs, utilities, universities, and research institutions, the Energy Forum serves as a network hub for non-partisan energy and waste related information and research. Energy Forum won the Silver Prize of the 2009 Ryutaro Hashimoto APFED Award for the project on “Establishing private, public and civil society partnerships for ensuring the long term sustainability of the off-grid community based renewable energy power projects in Sri Lanka”.

Practical Action

Practical Action is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) that uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries. They find out what people are doing and help them to do it better. Through technology they enable poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions- transforming their lives forever and protecting the world around them.