Updated: Jun 3, 2020
Protecting Wildlife and Heritage Sites
Regulating tours and making proper permits essential to visit national parks is paramount otherwise we end up in a situation like Yala, where tour operators act as a local gang, collect fees among themselves and intimidate outside operators.
They work outside the guidelines of the parks and overcrowd the jungle endangering the animals. Sri Lanka needs to take a lesson from countries like South Africa that have a disciplined park industry and utilize proper training and permits for tour operators. There are already private park rangers trained in these famed parks in Sri Lanka who can aid in the effort.
These sites also need to be regulated with restrictions on numbers that can visit and restricting the times that visits may occur. Very often private individuals seek to profiteer from tourists visiting these areas by charging nonsensical fees. Visitation guidelines need to be clearly published with a clear fee structure.
Encourage Public and Private Trash Collection
Provide public recycle trash cans and encourage visitors to use the appropriate trash outlets with clear messaging.
Offer incentives for hotels that clean up the beaches in front of their properties.
Reward Green Operators
Give tax credits or promotional incentives such as tax credits or exposure in advertising campaigns for hotels to any businesses involved in:
Recycling or picking up trash
Using recycled/upcycled products
Using local produce or locally sourced produced
Eliminating the use of single use plastics
Recycling waste water
Contribute to local wildlife conservation
Create a Humane Way to Deal with Strays
A major issue tourists and locals have is with growing herds of wild street dogs that will aggressively intimidate people on the streets, attack trash bins as well as ruin the properties of operators.
Sponsor not for profit efforts to sterilize wild dogs and control the stray problem.
Save on the costs it takes each year to provide rabies injections to the multitudes of people that are bitten.
Create sterilization days in local veterinary clinics and utilize a portion of contributions of SLTDA fees to sponsor fees for vets and supplies.