Article 27 of the Constitution of Sri Lanka states that: “the State shall protect, preserve and improve the environment for the benefit of the community.”
The National Environment Act, 1980, establishes the Central Environmental Authority, in charge of Environmental protection in Sri Lanka. Its mission is officially: being the “Flagship of the nation steering towards protecting & managing the quality of the environment by promoting public participation, enforcement, advanced technological interventions & environmental education.”
A list of environmental legislation in the country can be found on the Legal Division of the Ministry of Environment’s website. All the information on environmental policies in Sri Lanka can be accessed through the same website, especially on the pages of the specialized divisions, such as the Natural Resources Management Division and the Sustainable Development Division.