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About Us
In order to address the cross sectoral  nature of major environmental challenges caused by climate change, and to fulfill the commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) &  Kyoto Protocol, the Ministry of Environment, which is the National Focal Point for the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol has taken the initiative to establish a Climate Change Secretariat under it’s  preview.

The Climate Change Secretariat, which is headed by the Director of the Climate Change Division, adopts a comprehensive national approach to address climate change challenges that  as these concerns  categorize  as an environmental concern, which is also a development issue of Sri Lanka.

Objectives of the Climate Change Secretariat
Provide a rational platform to address climate change  issues at the national level for incorporation into the development process. 
To function as the form of dedicated institutional mechanism to undertake climate change responses  including development of relevant policies and programs. 
Liaise with sectoral agencies at national and sub-national levels for identifying priorities and developing mechanisms to implement national policies on Climate Change. 
Facilitate undertaking climate change related research and distribution of research results to trigger policy reforms and actions.
To establish a mechanism to monitor impacts of national responses to Climate Change. 
Liaise with the Secretariat to the UNFCCC, and be responsible for preparing documentation in connection with Sri Lanka's participation at meetings of COP and other climate change related meetings. 
Serve as Secretariat for the Designated National Authority (DNA) for the approval of CDM projects.
National Advisory Committee on Climate Change (NACCC) :
To promote better decisions by means of wider inputs; to integrate diverse viewpoints; to bring together the principle actors, the NACCC is created under the MENR and all activities pertaining to climate change will be coordinated by NACCC.
The objectives of the NACCC
To ensure that climate change policies and programmes are consistent with national development priorities and objectives.
To function as the forum to address climate change issues in the context of national development agenda and as a consultation forum in the development of climate change related policies and actions.
To recommend research studies on mitigation, impacts and adaptations to be undertaken by researchers, promoting private sector participation in Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects.
The NACCC responsibilities will include the following:
Provide overall guidance for the preparation on National Communication on Climate Change including an inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals from anthropogenic activities such as energy (generation), agriculture, forestry and land use changes and waste management, and the ongoing Second National Communication preparation process;
Provide guidance to formulate policies, and strategies that would mitigate emissions of Greenhouse gases and enhance sinks and reservoirs of all GHGs.
Provide policy options for adaptation and response strategies for climate change impacts on key socio- economic sectors;
Make recommendations on suggested policies, strategies and plans for adaptation to adverse impacts of climate change including appropriate capacity building and research studies on the likely impacts of climate change for the management, protection and rehabilitation of areas vulnerable to the impacts of climate change;
Facilitate developing negotiating positions and strategies for the Government of Sri Lanka for meetings of the COP of the UNFCCC;
Provide guidance to promote and cooperate in scientific, technological, technical, socio-economical and other research, systematic observation and development of data archives related to climate system and enhancing networking and information sharing / exchange amongest all stakeholders;
Advising to formulation of the Second National Communication (SNC), including recommendations and decisions of the Technical Working Group & review the activities of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Process;
To have strategies and programmes to promote awareness and generate action to reduce Greenhouse gas emission levels through the wider participation of members of the public.


Sri Lanka Carbon Fund (SLCF) Ltd         

The SLCF was established on 09.04.2008 (Reg. no. PV63181) by a Cabinet decision as a company registered under the Companies Act No. 7 of 2007. This is a State owned private company-Government being the majority share holder with 51% of the equity. The balance share capital is to be raised from other sources including the private sector.

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Objectives of SLCF as follows :   
To provide technical and financial assistance to the CDM Project developers for the preparation of project  documentations
To facilitate bundling of small CDM projects
To facilitate access to capital funding for CDM projects through commercial banks.
To provide investment capital for CDM projects
To engage in Carbon trading through purchasing and subsequent sale for Carbon credits
Thematic Areas :

The SLCF can assist in emission reduction in the sectors such as,

Renewable energy (Hydro, Wind, Solar, Bio mass power generation)
Energy conservation
Sustainable Transport
Municipal / Solid Waste


Opportunities for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is a mechanism denied under Article 12 of the Kyoto Protocol. It is expected that CDM will assist parties not included in Annex 1 in achieving sustainable development. CDM will assist Annex 1 parties in achieving compliance with their quantified emission limitations and reduction commitments under the Kyoto Protocol. More Information, visit []
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