CEA commences Haliela Reservation project
Considering the importance of protecting natural water resources in the country the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) has declared the ‘Haliela Water Source Reservation Environmental Protection Area’ as the 11th environmental protection area in the country.
Speaking to the Daily News, Director General, CEA Hemantha Jayasinghe said the Government’s intention of establishing more water reservation areas to fulfil the country’s water requirement, the CEA allocated a large land area in the Haliela Divisional Secretariat in the Badulla District to be used as a Water Source Reservation Environmental Protection Area.
He said this area has a number of small streams and they provide adequate water continuously to Badulu Oya.
“Government has also taken a decision to declare this 362 allotments of land area as an environmental protection area to extend a legal protection to water sources,” he said.
He further said only permitted projects could be carried out in the ‘Haliela Water Source Reservation Environmental Protection Area’ according to conditions set out in the Government’s extraordinary gazette.
According to scientists the water sources in this area could even be used during long drought periods due to the healthy climatic conditions that prevailing throughout the year.
The Environmental Authority says continuous tree planting projects will also be carried out in this reservation area and also providing water for drinking and agriculture purposes.