How do we tackle urban sprawl in Sri Lanka?

Thursday 28 June 2018, Urban sprawl is one of the key challenges facing Sri Lanka’s cities today. Sprawl development, typically defined as uncoordinated, low density urban expansion, involves rapid land consumption as cities expand and swallow up surrounding rural areas. Globally, urban sprawl is associated with a number of undesirable city attributes, from traffic jams

“Greening” Plantation Settlements in Nuwara Eliya District

August 2018, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka. UN-Habitat is actively promoting a green environment in the plantation settlements where new houses are being constructed through the Indian Housing Project (IHP-CUP). In collaboration with community members and the Department of Agriculture, UN-Habitat has implemented a special environment programme to promote a number of greening initiatives including organic

UN-Habitat Conducts Job Fair for Youth in the Nuwara Eliya District

April 30, 2018, Nuwara Eliya. A job fair was held by UN-Habitat in March 2018 at the Nuwara Eliya District Secretariat premises to support youth in remote villages and estates to find suitable employment opportunities. Organised in collaboration with the Non-Governmental Organisation – Berendina Employment Center (Gte) Ltd, the main objective of the job fair

UN-Habitat Supports Disaster Risk Reduction Initiatives in Nuwara Eliya District with Funding from KOICA

30 March 2018, Nuwara Eliya. UN-Habitat with funding from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is contributing towards human development in the Nuwara Eliya district through the project Human Development Initiative through Empowerment and Settlement Improvement in the Plantation Settlements in Sri Lanka (HDI). The Project aims to empower and build resilient plantation communities with


Video: Urban Sprawl and Compact Cities

Urban sprawl is one of the key challenges facing Sri Lankan cities today. This video highlights the issues of sprawl such as rapid land consumption, longer travel times for commuters, and increased vulnerability to natural disasters. It introduces the concept of “compact cities”, which are high-density and cover a small area, as an antidote to


Space to Learn: Improving the Learning Environment in Mannar District

This publication highlights the key achievements of the project “Sustainable Resettlement through Community-Driven Improvement of the Learning Environment in Mannar District, Sri Lanka” implemented through a participatory people’s process from 2015 -2017. Through this project, UN-Habitat supported the construction and improvement of learning facilities in 25 schools in Mannar district with funding from the Government