Available information shows that Sri Lanka's biodiversity per unit of land area is among the highest in South Asia.
Sri Lanka inherits a culture and a lifestyle friendly to the environment.
Sectoral EIA guidelines are being finalized for a number of sectors.
Environment Protection Licensing [EPL] Scheme is compulsory for all projects. Sri Lanka has signed and ratified the UNCED agreements and conventions.
In the recent past, the ability of the Government to carry out development activities in order to accelerate economic growth and improve the distribution of income has been severely constrained by its involvement in unavoidable defence and security operations in the North and East of the country. However, the Government has given assurance that the priority attached to development will not be comprised on this account.