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Dole abandons banana plantation in National Park

After a threat of lawsuit, Dole Inc. has abandoned a banana plantation in Somawathiya National Park in Sri Lanka.
"We are extremely pleased with the turn of events and the prompt manner in which Dole has acted in this instance which we trust will serve as an example to other organizations that are presented with evidence of infringements in law governing public assets,"
- Environmental Foundation Limited

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Dole abandons banana plantation in National Park

Source: MongaBay, Tue November 22, 2011
After a threat of lawsuit, Dole Inc. has abandoned a banana plantation in Somawathiya National Park in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan survey finds ‘healthy’ elephant numbers

Source: Terra Daily, Sun September 04, 2011
Sri Lanka's elephant population remains healthy despite decades of fighting between government and rebel forces, the first survey since the end of the nation's bloody civil war showed Friday. Before the count, the department said it believed the elephant population totalled just 5,350. The country boasted 12,000 elephants in 1900. The survey counted 1,107 baby elephants, Ratnayake added. It is the first count since Sri Lanka's military crushed Tamil Tiger separatist rebels in May 2009, making wildlife sanctuaries and jungles more accessible to officials.

Sri Lanka war zone becomes wildlife sanctuary

Source: BBC, Thu December 02, 2010
Sri Lanka is turning a vast area of jungle, earlier a base for Tamil Tiger rebels, into a wildlife sanctuary.

Improvements seen four years after the Indian Ocean tsunami

Source: CNN, Fri December 26, 2008
Four years since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake spawned massive walls of water that swept across the Indian Ocean, leaving more than 230,000 dead according to a United Nations estimate, improvements can be seen in many of the devastated areas, humanitarian groups said.

‘Very proud’ Shelterbox founder wins prestigious Beacon Prize

Source: Cornish Guardian, Sun November 30, 2008
London, England, UK - ShelterBox founder and chief executive officer Tom Henderson has joined the ranks of Sir Bob Geldof and Jamie Oliver by winning a prestigious Beacon Prize.

LABOUR-SRI LANKA:  Working Children Get Second Chance this article opens in a new window

Source: Inter Press Service, Thu June 12, 2008
COLOMBO, Jun 13 (IPS) - Sujit is 22-years-old and studying hard to graduate in 2010 as a professional electrician. The handsome young man, speaking at a workshop on eliminating child labour, talked proudly of how his life changed dramatically when he was given the opportunity to enter an electrical course and re-start his life again.

Skies to be swept for alien life

Source: BBC News, Sat October 13, 2007
Hat Creek, California - The switch has been thrown on a telescope specifically designed to seek out alien life.

Al Gore & IPCC Share Nobel Peace Prize For 2007

Source: Scoop, Sat October 13, 2007
Oslo, Norway - The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.

Millions of stateless people to benefit from recent breakthroughs, says UN agency

Source: United Nations News Centre, Wed September 26, 2007
United Nations - The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed as “major breakthroughs” recent decisions by Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka to grant citizenship to some three million people who live in the three Asian nations without any official identity.

Sri Lankan teas branded with UN Global Compact to promote corporate responsibility

Source: UN News Centre, Tue March 20, 2007
United Nations - Sri Lankan company introduced two new "ethical" teas of the Ceylon variety today, the first products ever to be jointly branded with the United Nations Global Compact to promote responsible corporate citizenship around the world by including information on the initiatives 10 principles in packs sold to millions of consumers each year.

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