Sunday, April 20, 2008

National Environmental Levy bill, Adaptation Fund and politics!

Hemantha Withanage Executive Director, Centre for Environmental Justice

Alas! Global climate politics is finally at home.The much controversial Environmental Conservation levy bill just passed without a debate in Sri Lanka Parliament. According to Environment Minister Champika Ranawaka the Bill is based on the polluter pays principle. While the tax itself not justified in the Bill, the question remains why the levy charged for electronic items, phone bills and electricity bills for the climate adaptation Fund. (Full Story)

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