On the proposal made by President Maithripala Sirisena as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment the Cabinet of Ministers decided to implement Sri Lanka Community Forest Management Programme to protect Forests while Increasing economic states of theirs surrounding communities.
The Export-Import Bank of Korea approved USD 14 million for supply of garbage collection compactors to Sri Lanka. This project will provide 190 garbage compactors to local authorities in all nine Provinces of Sri Lanka in order to collect and transfer large amount of waste to dumping sites in an efficient and economical manner. Korea Eximbank which operate ECDF(Economic Development Cooperation Fund) entrusted by Korean Government will finance this project with a high concessional EDCF compact loan of 0% interest rate and 30 year repayment period including 10 year grace period. The project executing agency will be the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Council and Local Government whereas the National Solid Waste Management Centre under the purview of the same Ministry will function as the project management unit.
'Living Heritage', a two-day event to showcase and promote the heritage of Colombo which is at risk of being lost to the development of the capital city will be held at the Grand Oriental Hotel in Colombo from 13th -14th December.