Environment and Energy

Environmental and disaster risk issues are significant as Sri Lanka moves forward on the development trajectory. Every one dollar invested in risk reduction saves four dollars in disaster response. Sri Lanka is home to a wealth of natural resources and is rich in biodiversity. However, 21 species of amphibians are considered to be extinct and 52 are considered to be under threat. UNDP has built a close relationship with the Government agencies and others on environmental issues and will support the national agenda for sustainable development.

Our Goals

In the area of Energy, Environment and Disaster Risk Management, UNDP will work at the national, sub-national and community levels, and promote environmental sustainability, renewable energy, climate resilience and disaster risk management. It will support the Government to meet its international obligations concerning environmental protection, including compliance to the three Rio conventions, strengthen the institutional and policy frameworks for environment sustainability and disaster risk reduction. UNDP will also help promote partnerships, knowledge sharing on best practices, south-south co-operation and providing grants and technical assistance in supporting the efforts aimed at achieving sustainable development. more

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Environmental Sustainability and Disaster Resilience

Involving communities in protecting ecosystems

Our Stories


  • Paddy is the staple food crop in Sri Lanka. It is also a major employment avenue in rural areas. Sri Lanka, aims to increase the present annual paddy production of 3.1 million tons to about 4.5 million tons by 2020. Increased cost of imported wheat flour has prompted Sri Lanka to look at the possibilities of using rice-based products as a substitute.more

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  • With funding support from GEF/SGP, the concept of the project was developed by Mr. Dhatusena W. Senanayake, President of the Lanka Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA). His own experiences of children being affected by respiratory diseases such as asthma due to air pollution was a main factor that led him to look at the possibility of developing an environmentally-friendly transport system. more

Projects and Initiatives

Sri Lanka Community Forestry Programme

Community Forestry Management (CFM) has been identified as one of the best approaches for sustainable forest resource management and livelihood enhancement of the communities dependent on forest resources. The CFM approach recognizes that the communities themselves are in a better position to protect forests, reduce forest degradation and deforestation. more

Environmentally Sensitive Areas

The Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) developed five-year pilot project, jointly funded by the Global Environmental Facility and the Government of Sri Lanka to improve the country capacity to manage Environmentally Sensitive Areas more

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Environmental and Social Management Plan for the proposed Green Climate Fund Project
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UNDP in Sri Lanka
UNDP Asia Pacific Human Development Report

The report, entitled “Shaping the Future: How Changing Demographics Can Power Human Development”, notes that Asia-Pacific countries now have more working-aged people and fewer dependents than at any point in history, providing a springboard for growth. Region-wide, 68 percent of people are of working age and only 32 percent are dependents. 

Human Development Report 2015

The 2015 Human Development Report ‘Work for Human Development’ examines the links, both positive and negative, between work and human development in a rapidly changing world of work. Fast globalization, technological revolution, demographic transitions and many other factors are creating new opportunities, but also posing risks. The report examines how the benefits of this new world of work are not equally distributed, generating winners and losers.

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