The Central Environmental Authority organized an International Conference on Environmental Governance 2021 as a part of its 40th anniversary celebrations. The inauguration ceremony was held on 24th of November 2021 at the Lotus Hall, BMICH under the distinguish participation of the Hon Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Environment and guest of honor Her Excellency Tanja Gonggrijp, Ambassador for the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Sri Lanka.
Emeritus Prof. Nimal Gunathilake, University of Peradeniya, was done very informative and timely important keynote speech at this ceremony. Her Excellency Tanja Gonggrijp, Ambassador for the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Sri Lanka also expressed her valuable ideas in this occasion.
16 appreciation tokens were awarded to ICEG 2021 consultants, former Deputy Director Generals (DDG), present DDGs, Board Members of the CEA and Editorial Board of the ICEG for recognition of their contribution to success of this event.
Parallel to this ceremony the Sobaketha magazine and the visualized 3 environmental songs were launched.
Furthermore, Hon Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Environment, Her Excellency Tanja Gonggrijp, Ambassador for the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Sri Lanka, Emeritus Prof. Nimal Gunathilake, Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Mr. S Amarasinghe, Chairman, CEA, Mr. P B Hemantha Jayasinghe, Director General, CEA and Mrs. Shyamani Periyapperuma, Conference Chairperson were awarded with special awards.
This event was organized as per the health guidelines of Covid 19, issued by the Ministry of Health, with the limited participation.
Moreover, the hybrid conference conducted for two days, 24th and 25th November 2021 at the Bandaranayake Centre for International Studies (BCIS) under the theme of Environment Policy, Governance and Regulatory Reform, Environment Education, Environment Communication and Environment Promotion, Environment Citizen Science, Environment Management and Assessment, Pollution Control Environment Health and Climate Change and Waste Management.