Lindha Langa (ළිඳ ළඟ)

Managing Muck and Marketing it Right (June 9, 2017) - Compost production and marketing in four local authorities of the Batticaloa District.
Delegates from the Maldives, Seychelles, Madagascar, and Sri Lanka discuss which adaptation gaps are the most actionable From the Hindu Kush to the Indian Ocean (October 27, 2016) - Closing knowledge gaps for climate adaptation
IWMI at the 5th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum (October 20, 2016) - IWMI is part of the 5th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, October 17-19, 2016.
Our RRR team with Sivakumaran Sithamparanathan (UNOPS) at the workshop in Batticaloa Opportunities for sustainable municipal solid waste (MSW) management in Batticaloa (September 24, 2016) - The objective of this project is to recommend business strategies for the recovery and productive reuse of MSW of compost plants in the Batticaloa district.
Enabling value chains for municipal composting in Sri Lanka  (September 5, 2016) - IWMI is supporting selected municipal composting plants in Sri Lanka to improve their business plans and linking up with customers.
Reaching out to stakeholders to join efforts of developing soil rehabilitation in Sri Lanka (July 4, 2016) - Following the launch of the BMZ funded research project in Sri Lanka‚ IWMI supported two activities of relevant project stakeholders.
Initiating research and capacity-building for soil rehabilitation in South Asia (July 4, 2016) - IWMI hosted a stakeholder meeting to inform about the ongoing BMZ funded research project on “Research and capacity-building for soil rehabilitation”
Celebrating World Environment Day 2016 in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka (June 7, 2016) - IWMI assisted UNOPS with the planning of the Agri Exhibition and Fair and also had a publications booth at the exhibition.
IWMI responds to floods in Sri Lanka (May 18, 2016) - New flood assessment bulletin and flood maps available.
IWMI at the IWC8 Conference held in Sri Lanka (May 16, 2016) - The event convened representatives from over 80 countries to tackle some of the most pressing water issues on the planet.
Sri Lankan President visits IWMI project site (May 12, 2016) - Hon. Maithripala Sirisena studies options for recycling waste into fertilizer.
IWMI hosts launch workshop of the project on ‘Open-source mobile weather stations’ (May 6, 2016) - IWMI organized a workshop to bring a community of professionals who have been using mobile weather stations for managing natural disasters.
Management requires measurement (April 25, 2016) - IWMI installs open source hardware mobile weather stations in Nachchaduwa to increase rainfall data availability and improve tank management.
World Water Day dialogue stresses need for public and private sectors to work together for water-secure growth Sustainable job creation tops water agenda (March 24, 2016) - World Water Day dialogue stresses need for public and private sectors to work together for water-secure growth .
Satellite imaging and disaster management experts gather in Colombo (January 20, 2016) - Experts from across Asia will discuss how the next generation of satellite based technologies can help improve disaster preparedness and response
Water resources and environment conference (January 8, 2016) - Jeremy Bird highlights the importance of the water-food-energy nexus approach.
IWMI hands over UAV data to Survey Department of Sri Lanka (December 2, 2015) - IWMI UAV creates ultrahigh resolution aerial data capable of generating High-Resolution DEM of the Badulla town.
Winners all the way (November 27, 2015) - Two IWMI inspired entrepreneurs recently won awards for their product at the awards ceremony of Techno Sri Lanka 2015.
IWMI at the INWEPF Symposium 2015 (November 6, 2015) - The 12th Steering meeting and INWEPF Symposium 2015 was held in Negombo, Sri Lanka on November 3-5.
‘Gender, Agricultural Water and Big Data’ on the table (November 4, 2015) - Some 30 attendees from 20 countries in Africa, South Asia, Europe, USA and South America discussed gender, water and data issues from a specific agricultural water management angle.
Anuruddha and Thilina with their mobile weather station IWMI lights up the path for two young entrepreneurs (October 14, 2015) - Inspired by a mobile weather station project led by IWMI’s Yann Chemin, two young research engineers from Sri Lanka have developed their own version of the device.
Dr Stephen Bygrave Can Sri Lanka be a zero emissions economy? The view from Down Under… (September 22, 2015) - An interview with Dr. Stephen Bygrave who is the CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions visiting Sri Lanka to speak at the forum on Combating Climate Change in Sri Lanka.
IWMI concludes public showing of ‘Water in Sri Lanka’ touring exhibition (July 28, 2015) - It was a successful two-month-long run in several key cities around the country.
Ananda College wins IWMI World Environment Day gold trophy (June 18, 2015) - The IWMI - hosted ‘Water and the Environment’ junior quiz took place on 6th June 2015 at IWMI headquarters in Battaramulla.
FAO gives new lease of life to villagers in Killinochchi and Mullaitivu (June 13, 2015) - The new emphasis on water security is paying dividends.
SLWP celebrates World Environment Day with tree planting campaigns (June 10, 2015) - The Sri Lanka Water Partnership (SLWP) celebrated World Environment Day 2015 on Friday 5 June with a tree planting ceremony at the Biodiversity Study Park.
IWMI to host junior quiz to mark World Environment Day 2015 (May 29, 2015) - The program aims at promoting awareness among schoolchildren, of the importance of water and the environment for sustaining life.
Achieving water sustainability in Jaffna (May 15, 2015) - Several strategies are proposed to ensure the sustainability of Jaffna’s vital groundwater resources, the peninsula's only reliable source of fresh water.
Yoshi… Learning to research at IWMI (April 23, 2015) - Yoshiaki Inada (Yoshi) was seconded to the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) by the Government of Japan, where he worked as a researcher from July 2012. He returned to Japan in early April 2015, at the conclusion of his three-year tenure. Yoshi has ten years of administrative experience in the irrigation department of the Japanese […]
IWMI celebrates 30 Years with ‘Water in Sri Lanka’ exhibition launched in Colombo (April 16, 2015) - IWMI marks 30 years with the launch in Colombo of the 'Water in Sri Lanka' exhibition.
Addressing the challenge of solid waste (March 24, 2015) - Channeling biodegradable waste into compost to reduce environmental pollution.
Happy World Water Day 2015! (March 22, 2015) - See how IWMI is marking World Water Day this year.
New weather stations could help Sri Lanka predict and prepare for weather extremes (March 18, 2015) - Extreme and sudden weather variations in Sri Lanka make it difficult to accurately predict natural hazards like floods and landslides. But a low-cost and portable weather station, recently designed by IWMI, could raise the alarm before these events occur, significantly reducing the destruction and loss of life. This new device, known simply as a Mobile […]
Lindha Langa marks International Women’s Day 2015 (March 8, 2015) - To mark International Women's Day 2015 Lindha Langa spoke to Badra Kamaladasa, who is a leading voice in the water sector.
Good groundwater management is key to Jaffna’s social and economic revival (February 27, 2015) - A mix of options could provide Jaffna communities with a year-long supply of all the clean water they need.
World Wetlands Day 2015 on 2 February focuses on the importance of wetlands (February 2, 2015) - Thalangama wetland is a rich resource for people, fauna and flora alike.
IWMI and partners train Sri Lanka’s flood managers to meet future disasters (January 9, 2015) - (Colombo, 17 November 2014) – Disaster management agencies in Sri Lanka can now assess the likelihood of future floods with up-to-the-minute data from space. This will enable them to plan relief and rehabilitation efforts in advance, and reduce the impact on lives and property. The workshop and capacity building program, Earth observation technologies for flood-risk […]
IWMI hydrologist recognized with President’s Award (January 8, 2015) - Lal Muthuwatta, hydrologist and mathematical modeler at IWMI, received the President's award for a journal article on his research in a river basin in Iran.
Is reverse osmosis (RO) treatment the answer to solving the CKDu riddle? (October 31, 2014) - In conversation with Harsha Kumar Suriyarachchi, former Vice Chairman, National Water Supply and Drainage Board by Renuka Jeya Raj Most experts agree that the presence of chemicals in groundwater has contributed to the prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Origin (CKDu) in parts of Sri Lanka, although the exact combination of factors remains a […]
IWMI-developed tool to give Sri Lanka advance warning of drought (October 30, 2014) - Sri Lanka is only just emerging from a year-long drought that has wreaked havoc on the lives of around 10% of the population (link DMC situational report, 25 Sep). It destroyed over 80,000 hectares of paddy, accounting for about 15% of the paddy production forecasted for the entire year (2014) Rice production directly affects the […]
Cleaning up a community canal (October 3, 2014) - Waste management is big challenge for waterside communities, but new innovations can deliver a cleaner environment. Huts and small brick houses huddle cheek by jowl on either side of the 40-foot (12.19-meter) Taladuwa canal in Negombo, Sri Lanka. Mounds of rotting vegetation, and piles of plastic bottles and bags compete for space with canoes tethered […]
Increasing Sri Lanka’s rainwater storage will help protect people from floods and droughts (October 3, 2014) - The symposium helped to reinforce the need to make better use of the country’s erratic rainfall by storing it and using it during times of water scarcity.
IWMI helps improve livelihoods of resettled community in Mullaitivu (September 1, 2014) - IWMI partners IOM (International Organization for Migration) to provide water resource for rehabilitated Ponnagar community in the North Central province.
IWMI to give pellet-making equipment to Kurunegala MC (July 31, 2014) - KMC to be a model plant under the Pilisaru Project

IWMI will provide pellet-making equipment to the Kurunegala Municipal Council (KMC) as part of its efforts to produce compost from municipal waste.
Is groundwater hiding a deadly secret in Sri Lanka’s paddy lands? (July 3, 2014) - A mystery killer is striking thousands of farming families in Sri Lanka’s North Central Province. Insidious as it is deadly, the clues to its identity may flow in the groundwater that irrigates crops and slakes thirsts.
IWMI interviewed on World Day to Combat Desertification by SBS Australia’s Sinhala program (June 17, 2014) - Today is the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD). The theme is ecosystem-based adaptation. IWMI’s Water Resources Engineer Nishadi Eriyagama spoke to SBS Radio, Australia, on the link between drought, climate change and desertification. The interview was broadcast in Sinhala in Australia this morning and led the 11.00 – 12.00 a.m.(Australia time) segment.
IWMI provides the Disaster Management Centre with flood information for relief efforts (June 10, 2014) - by Renuka Jeya Raj The onset of the Southwest monsoon brought incessant rains that lashed the Southwest part of Sri Lanka during the first two days of this month. Although it ended a five-month long drought, the rains took a heavy toll on the country. The unusually heavy monsoonal rains caused floods, landslides, high winds […]
Digging for development: the hidden cost of sand (May 19, 2014) - by Dharshani Weerasekera Sand mining in Sri Lanka is not only undercutting riverbanks, it is also undermining water quality, ecosystems and land use, and, according to some, the country’s recent economic progress. In Sri Lanka, artisanal or manual sand mining from rivers has supplied the country’s construction industry for hundreds of years. Since 1990, the […]
'Yay! we nailed that one!' Lyceum International wins IWMI World Water Day 2014 Junior Quiz (April 30, 2014) - Pupils from the Lyceum International School won the World Water Day 2014 Junior Quiz hosted by IWMI in Battaramulla, recently.
World Water Day 2014 Junior Quiz organized to celebrate World Water Day 2014 (March 22, 2014) - by Renuka Jeya Raj IWMI is organizing a schools quiz to celebrate World Water Day. The program aims at promoting awareness among schoolchildren, of the importance of fresh water in sustaining life – for the environment, agriculture, health and trade. Quiz topics will be based on ‘water and the environment’ in Sri Lanka as well […]
Lindha Langa marks International Women’s Day 2014 (March 7, 2014) - To mark International Women's Day we spoke to two leading lights in the water sector on Women and Water.
Water tapped from feeder canal grew Sri Lanka’s largest wholesale market (February 28, 2014) - Text and photos by Renuka Jeya Raj Shouts echo through the vast hangars as burly men, their sarongs tucked over bulging bellies, scurry hither and thither, urging the long line of trucks to get a move on to unload their precious cargo. Sinewy youth position themselves alongside the trucks as they come to a standstill, […]
IWMI staff among winners of President’s Award (February 18, 2014) - Two IWMI staff have received a top national award for their work in mapping wetlands in Sri Lanka. Alankara Ranjith and Sarath Gunasinghe of IWMI’s GIS (Geographic Information System), Remote Sensing (RS) and Data Management unit received the ‘President’s Award for Scientific Publications 2007, 2008, 2009’, for co-authoring the research paper, ‘Semi‐automated methods for mapping […]
Wetlands and People launched today, World Wetlands Day (February 2, 2014) - IWMI’s new publication Wetlands and People was released to coincide with World Wetlands Day today, Sunday 2 February. In this report, researchers give many examples of the value of wetlands to rural poor communities in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and discuss ways to manage them sustainably. Several wetlands in Sri Lanka – Negombo, Kalametiya, […]
President Rajapaksa launches new water information system (January 21, 2014) - Sri Lanka President H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa officially launched the country’s first-ever water information system, the Sri Lanka Water Resources Information System, during a courtesy visit to IWMI on Friday January 17, 2013. President Rajapaksa was received by IWMI’s Director General Jeremy Bird, the management team, ministers and other senior government officials. “It is a great […]
Lagoons. Dynamic, productive and…vulnerable (October 25, 2013) - Sri Lanka’s post-conflict development drive has recently put the island’s many lagoons under its searchlight.  For most of them, their status as biological, ecological and economic entities has remained largely unknown.  Negombo Lagoon is one of the exceptions; a highly successful fisheries hub which has seen more research than most.  But exploitation of its growing […]
Odai fish farm at De Mel Watta, Seeduwa, near Negombo. Lagoon aquaculture can be pro-poor and pro-women, but is it sustainable? (October 24, 2013) - Unique ephemeral ponds in a lagoon environment are sources of livelihoods for their communities. But how they impact the lagoon will spell how long they will last. by Dharshani Weerasekera Women in Negombo, Sri Lanka are running aquaculture farms as community based organisations (CBOs).  The farms are in intertidal ponds near the Dandugam Oya freshwater […]

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