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Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka's strong GDP of $59.4 billion and high GNI per capita of $2,920 as of 2014 are the result of a strong growth rate over the past few years following the cessation of an internal conflict that lasted three decades. This economic prosperity has been broadly shared and as a result, poverty in Sri Lanka has declined significantly and rests at 9% of the population.

The island country covers 65,610 square kilometers and has 1,340 kilometers of coastline. The population was 20.3 million in 2014. The service sector accounts for the largest portion of GDP, followed by industry and agriculture.

A century ago Sri Lanka was blanketed by forests, but less than one third of that area remains under forest cover. The country has established protected areas and made strides in basic sanitation and potable water, but faces issues of continued deforestation, wildlife conservation, water and air pollution, waste disposal, soil erosion and coastal degradation. Sri Lanka is subject to natural disasters such as cyclones, tornadoes and tsunamis.


Mr. Ajantha Kalyanaratne
Department of Economics, University of Sri Jayewardenepura


Ms. Asha Gunawardena
School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, The University of Western Australia


Mr. Athula Senaratne
Environmental Economics Policy Research at Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka


Mr. Chatura Rodrigo
Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka


Mr. Cyril Bogahawatte
Department of Agricultural Economics & Business Management, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya


Ms. Dayani Gunathilaka
School of Environment, Griffith University, Nathan campus


Ms. Dilhani Marawila
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Sydney


Mr. E. P. N. Udayakumara
Dept. of Natural Resources, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka


Ms. H.M. Badra Sriyani Hearath
University of Sri Jayewardenepura


Ms. H.M. Badra Sriyani Hearath
University of Sri Jayewardenepura


Ms. J. A. A. M Jayakoddy
Tea Research Institute


Mr. Jagath Chaminda Edirisinghe
Department of Agribusiness Management, Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka


Ms. Kanchana Wickramasinghe
Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS)


Ms. Kinkini Dias Weligamage Hemachandra
Department of Business Economics, Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce, University of Sri Jayewardenepura


Mr. Manoj Thibbotuwawa
Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka


Mr. Prabath Nishantha Edirisinghe
Forest Department


Mr. Saman Janaranjana Herath Bandara
University of Mount Olive, Division of Management Systems


Mr. Shamen Prabhath Vidanage
IUCN Sri Lanka


Mr. Udith Jayasinghe
Wayamba University of Sri Lanka


Mr. W.R. Rohitha


Mr. Wasantha Athukorala
Dept. of Economics and Statistics, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya


Mr. Wasantha Rathnayake
Department of Tourism Management