Scope of the former Geo-informatics unit was widened and renamed it as Research & Development Unit in 2013 aiming to contribute towards successful implementation and facilitating implementation of the provisions of the National Environmental Act in order to;
Identify and prioritize significant environmental issues / problems which leads to the degradation of the quality of the environment of the country.
Conduct, promote, facilitate and co-ordinate, surveys, investigations and studies pertaining to the environmental management which are compatible with the mandate of the CEA and dissemination of such information.
Development of a research database with findings /recommendations of environmental research done and research needs which are relevant to the mandate of the CEA.
Develop and update comprehensive geospatial environmental resources database of Sri Lanka to provide geospatial data and do analysis required for environmental planning, management, assessment, monitoring & awareness activities and dissemination of such information
Development of web base GIS system to increase user interface while sharing of data/ information with Provincial and district offices of the CEA