Dropping the Bar

Despite some of the best environmental standards in the region, Sri Lanka may do better to set its sights on less rigorous regulations that it actually can achieve. Despite some of the best environmental standards in the region, Sri Lanka may do better to set its sights on less rigorous regulations that it actually can achieve.

Drawn up in ambitious zeal, often the economic cost of achieving high standards makes it prohibitive to practically implement.

In some cases such as water quality in rivers due to industrial discharge, there is up to 90 percent non-compliance, Senior Environmental Engineer at the World Bank, Dr. Sumith Pilapitiya says.

“Most environmental regulations focus on preparing the best environmental standards in the region or compare it to standards in Western countries,” Pilapitiya says in an interview with Lanka Business Online.

“Sri Lanka should be reasonable about the types of standards that it is trying to introduce. I am opposed to coming up with the best standards in developing countries like Sri Lanka. First look at the economic cost of achieving it and set standards that can be achieved.”

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