SSCC wishes to underpin its work on exchange of good practices within south-south dialogue with concrete projects which strengthen peace and reconciliation in countries in conflict or post conflict. In terms of protection of environment, SSCC has partnered with the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment in Sri Lanka, to join forces with a project on reconciliation of the former two warring ethnic groups.
About seven years ago, one of the longest civil conflicts in developing world ended in Sri Lanka in which between 80,000 and 100,000 people lost their lives. Much material destruction was caused as well and the long process of reconciliation was due.
Sri Lanka has two monsoons, in South West and North East. Prior to the conflict, fishermen from the South West would go during the monsoon when seas are rough in their region to North East and vice versa, thus being able to be fully employed during the entire year. Bearing in mind the ethic conflict, and Tamil population in the north, Sinhalese fishermen no longer fished in the north during the long civil war. Meanwhile, ample infrastructure to support fisheries has been provided in south west and nothing has been done in the north east.
SSCC warmly salutes the great effort of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, especially its coastal conservation department , for its effort to invest some US $ 200,000 into a project to improve the infrastructure for fisheries in the North East and thus foster concrete action of enhancing reconciliation and good neighbourly relations between the Tamils and the Sinhalese. Additionally, coastal recession hazard due to sea level rise will be quantified and a risk assessment will be conducted to safeguard upcoming investments. The SSCC is grateful to its member of Scientific and Academic Board, Eng. Mangala Wickramanayake ,for linking this project with SSCC on south-south exchange of best practices in post-conflict and for allowing the inauguration ceremony to be conducted during the forthcoming visit of SSCC Chairman, Dr. Sebek, to Sri Lanka in September.
The SSCC has also joined forces, in the spirit of Public Private Partnership (PPP) with an Argentinian company (Global Pro) which tarsnforms waste in ports, airports and in urban conglomerates into clean energy.