[SDI-AsiaPacific] Sri Lanka to develop environmental resource database
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Mon May 2 10:51:34 EDT 2011
Sri Lanka to develop environmental resource database
The Central Environmental Authority will be developing an Environmental Resource
Information Database on each district of the country using remote sensing and
geo spatial data bases in an effort to effectively and efficiently manage the
The Environmental Resource Information System will be used as a tool for
environmental management, planning, monitoring, evaluation, and awareness
activities of the agency.
The spatial database will include environment-related information such as water
resources, wetlands, wildlife, archaeological monuments, and socio-economic data
at the Grama Neladari level.
“Since Sri Lanka has stepped into the development phase, district wise data base
would guide the country toward sustainable development” says Charitha Herath,
Chairman at the Central Environmental Authority in Sri Lanka.
The information from the database would be a vital tool for development
planners, environmental researchers, university students, and government
agencies in gaining a deeper understanding of resource management.
In addition, the information provided in the database would also help the
aforementioned beneficiaries in identifying environmental systems, monitor and
evaluate factors that affect environmental resources, and enable government
agencies coordinate their environmental efforts more effectively
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