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Practical Action Sri Lanka

Sustainable energy in action August 2010
Practical Action is participating at the Vidulka exhibition organized by the Sustainable Energy Authority and the Ministry of Power and Energy.

South Asia Disaster Report December 2009
A special edition of the second South Asia Disaster Report was launched at the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen, offering a South Asian perspective on climate change and increased disaster risk.

Global Day of Climate Change Action 24 October 2009
Practical Action joined 350 youths for a beach clean up in Wellawatta, followed by a march to raise awareness on the necessity to reduce CO2 emission in the atmosphere to below 350 parts per million to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

Age of Stupid film premiere 24 October 2009
Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) and the Climate Vision Initiative Sri Lanka is organising the screening of "The Age of Stupid" on the International Day of Climate Action, 24th October 2009.

Towards Copenhagen: Sri Lanka and International Climate Change Negotiations 25 March 2009, Columbo
With a broad range of delegates, this meeting explored the issues and implications of climate change and international negotiations for Sri Lanka.

Strengthening the involvement of provincial councils in energy: a case as the agent of eradicating energy poverty 6 March 2009, Colombo
A workshop to disseminate the findings of the energy poverty study and to create awareness on the avenues available and improvements required at the National and Provincial level policies to address the issue of energy poverty.

The fact and hidden truth on Sri Lanka's impending energy crisis 3-5 March 2009, Colombo
A three-day workshop which will focus on: the energy crisis; policies for efficiency, conservation and management; renewable energy options; household level energy management; social and environmental aspects of community renewable energy systems.

Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction Process into Development 17 February 2009, Mount Lavinia
The Disaster Management Centre and Practical Action have organized a workshop to discuss on "Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Development Process". Key objectives of the workshop are to assess the importance of disaster risk sensitivity in development planning process; draw the gaps in policies and practices to incorporate disaster risks; and derive a mechanism to develop guidelines / tools to develop Disaster Impact Assessment systems.

National seminar on plug flow type biogas systems 26 January 2009, Colombo
Practical Action has organised a National Seminar on Plug Flow Type bio gas at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in Colombo on 26th January 2009.


Inter-school tournaments on renewable energy October 2008
Two inter-school tournaments, in drama and debating, on the subject of renewable energy were held by Practical Action with the Royal College Sinhala Oratory and Debating Society, under the patronage of the Ministry of Education.

Lanka Bio Gas Association 28 August 2008, Galle Face Hotel
"Biogas is the most appropriate renewable energy source for an agricultural country like Sri Lanka," said Mr G.K Upawansha president of the Lanka Bio Gas Association welcoming the participants for the inauguration of the Lanka Bio Gas Association on the 28th of August 2008 at Galle Face Hotel. This event was organised by the Lanka Bio Gas Association in collaboration with Practical Action.

Rural Communities roundtable discussions 24-27 June 2008, Orissa
Practical Action South Asia and the Orissa State Volunteers And Social Workers Association jointly hosted two expert roundtable discussions in Bhubaneswar (Orissa, India) on the 24th and 27th June 2008. The two round table discussions were on the themes of "Rural Communities' Access to Drinking Water" and "Impact of Seeds Policy on Farmers' Rights, Poverty Alleviation and Overall Food Security".

Community radio - let's make it happen 13 June 2008
Community radio practitioners, broadcasters, academics and NGO representatives participated in a discussion organised by Practical Action South Asia.

Sales centre for handicrafts April 2008
In 2006, Practical Action and Sarvodaya came in to Wanduruppa, a small village, in Ambalantota, to start work on a project to implement a Livelihood Development Project to improve living conditions. One of the successful programmes implemented by this project was a technical training on Producing Handicraft Items using Water Hyacinth. In April 2008 "Visithuru Kalashilpa Sanvardana Samitiya" moved into their handicraft sales centre, which will hopefully help the handicraft producer group to link up with more market opportunities. More ...

Seminar on "Community Participation and Partnership in Local Governance" March 24, 2008
Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils Sri Lanka Institute of Local Governance and Practical Action organized a seminar on citizen participation and local governance on 24th of March 2008 at the Regency hall at the Mount Lavinia Hotel. This seminar facilitated sharing of experiences on practices and approaches demonstrated on community governance by Practical Action other government and non-governmental institutions and of Panchayath system in India. For more details see the agenda (PDF)

Achieving Sustainability and Equity in Energy: Policy Choices for the Future 30th January, 2008, Sri Lanka
This conference provided a forum for top-level decision-makers, energy sector officials, academics, civil society representatives, private sector, media and representatives of energy consumers to meet present opinions and exchange views on policy choices for the future in achieving sustainability and equity in energy.


Felicitation for the Sri Lankan team at the International Abylimpics 3 December 2007
Abilympics is an event that is held to give an opportunity for people with disabilities to demonstrate their vocational skills at a global level. A felicitation was organised for the Sri Lankan team who participated at the Abiliympics by Practical Action in collaboration with the Development with Disabled Network at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo.

Taking forward the regional consensus and operationalising disaster risk reduction in South Asia 23-25 August 2007
In South Asia most disasters have a regional dimension and local or national actions alone can not deliver sustainable solutions. This three day regional consultation, organised by Practical Action South Asia from 23-25 August 2007, looks to build a regional consensus and plan a disaster management action plan for South Asia.

Small Hydro Power Development in Sri Lanka: Lessons for Developing Countries 18-20 July 2007, Nuwara Eliya
A combined seminar and site visit to disseminate wider the Sri Lankan small hydropower experience: the evolution of the small hydro power generation industry in Sri Lanka, highlighting the rapid progress over the last 10 years, contributing factors and lessons learned.

Rice-based food products exhibition, Cathy Rich Memorial Food Processing Centre
A new exhibition will highlight the results of the research carried out by Cathy Rich Memorial Food Processing Centre, and will demonstrate the technology and processes that we have employed to develop our line of rice-based products.

Diriya 2007: Mainstreaming Disability into Development 6-7 March 2007, Colombo
A two-day conference on how disability can be 'mainstreamed' into the development process.


South Asia Policy Dialogue Strengthening South Asia on Disaster Risk Reduction
21-22 August 2006, New Delhi
A regional conference on disaster risk reduction in South Asia, bringing together government officials, policy makers, academics and civil society organisations.

Integrated Approaches to Improving the Urban Environment in Asia project: inception workshop 15th May 2006, Kurunegala
A�workshop followed by a field visit to generate awareness about this project among all relevant stakeholders.

Creating prosperity through innovation - ICT at work in development 8-9 May 2006, Colombo
Practical Action co-hosted the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) international forum on "Creating Prosperity through innovation - ICT at work in Development".�Topics included:�ICT in Sri Lanka; looking at new methods of disseminating local content; innovations in technology; and the role of ICT post-Tsunami.

National Standards for Biogas 25 April 2006, Colombo
A workshop to propagate biogas national standards for wider uptake.

Cyclone 2006: promoting cycling as a viable transport option for the future, 26 February 2006, Kurunegala
A bicycle rally focusing on obtaining safer roads and better infrastructure for cyclists in city roads.


Facing Disasters Making Decisions: Gender Dimensions in Disaster Management, 31 March 2005
ITDGPractical Action South Asia introduced the video Facing Disasters Making Decisions: Gender Dimensions in Disaster Management with a view to highlight the importance of gender issues in the wake of tsunami rebuilding.

World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR) Kobe, Japan, January 2005
ITDGPractical Action South Asia led the session on Disaster Prevention Functions in rural areas and Disaster resistant sustainable livelihoods at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, a milestone event to increase the profile of disaster risk reduction in development planning and practice.


Wind training for manufacturers, Dodangoda and Hambantota, November 29th to December 5th 2004
A training programme for Sri Lankan and Nepalese Small Wind Turbine manufacturers, organised by ITDGPractical Action South Asia.

Micro-hydro power turbine manufacturing training, 7-19 November 2004
ITDGPractical Action South Asia, together with Centre for Energy Studies, Nepal, organised a two week training programme to enhance the skills of the Sri Lankan micro hydro turbine manufacturers under the SARI Energy programme at the Center for Energy Studies, Institute of Engineering, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Diriya 2004 - international conference and exhibition on development with disabledDiriya 2004 disability conference and exhibition, Maharagama, 30 November-1 December 2004
An event to raise awareness of appropriate technologies for people with disabilities to overcome barriers that prevent them from participating in society, organised by Development with Disabled Network with the facilitation of ITDGPractical Action.

Cycling campaign - Colombo, Sri Lanka - 7 November 2004

Cyclone 2004: cycling campaign in Colombo, 7 November 2004
A cycling campaign is organised on November 7th, 2004 in order to create awareness among the public regarding the suitability of cycling as a viable mode of transport option for the future. Further, this event is taken as an opportunity to request for a rightful place for the cyclists on the roads, like lanes for cyclists. More ...

Gender Equality and Disaster Risk Reduction: an action workshop for social change, 10-12 August 2004, Hawaii
Practical Action South Asia was on the Advisory Committee to the workshop, and we also organised a parallel session on a selected theme.


South Asia Regional Conference on Technologies for Poverty Reduction
Working towards a regional strategy on technology for poverty reduction
10-11 October 2003, New Delhi
This Practical Action conference at the British Council in New Delhi, 10th and 11th October 2003, brought together positive experiences of technology development from across South Asia - showing how communities who are normally excluded can benefit from technology. Our challenge in the Conference was to use these experiences to develop new technology agendas and the strategies to promote them. Further information ...

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