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9. Long Term Environmental Protection.

The lifeblood of Sri Lankan tourism is it’s natural beauty. With haphazard overbuilding, lack of zoning, lack of infrastructure and unclear protocols for waste management we are quickly destroying the greatest asset we have. While the issue of environmental impact would merit its own proposal here are actionable steps that can be implemented to mitigate this impact.


Create More Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites

  • To discourage overbuilding that destroys and encroaches into ecological areas, more natural and cultural areas need to be declared as heritage sites. This is especially important to restrict overbuilding and encroachment on beach reservations and jungle areas.

  • Cultural sites need to be declared as national monument sites that will have strict penalties for polluting and encroaching into those areas.


Create A Local Green Tax

  • All businesses in an ecological tourist area should contribute a small portion of revenues that go directly toward conservation. The contributions need to be spent locally on improving infrastructure for controlling pollution and increasing conservation. By empowering local municipalities to spend on improvement within their own region, communities will directly see the impact of their contributions and be encouraged to do more.


Long Term Incentives for Green Operators

  • Having Solar Panels and recycling waste water should be rewarded. Currently there are electricity credits applied from the CEB for having solar power, however rewards should be extended for recycling water as well as using solar to heat water.

  • A water recycling system is an additional benefit that contributes to the area's water table and being ecologically low impact.


Educate Children in Tourist Areas on Sustainability and Conservation

  • The children growing up in tourist zones need to be made mindful of the precious resources of their environment that helps to promote tourism.

  • Being mindful of trash collection, protecting wildlife, respecting conservation are all lessons that need to be installed from a young age so that we create a culture that is respectful as well as mindful of our national heritage.

  • The lifeblood of Sri Lankan tourism is it’s natural beauty. With haphazard overbuilding, lack of zoning, lack of infrastructure and unclear protocols for waste management we are quickly destroying the greatest asset we have. While the issue of environmental impact would merit its own proposal here are actionable steps that can be implemented to mitigate this impact.



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