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: Reclaiming their land, reclaiming their lives

The EU funded “Catalytic Support to Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka Programme” is mandated to ensure early confidence building measures to build trust which will contribute positively to peacebuilding in Sri Lanka. Output 4.2 of the project implemented by UN-Habitat, seeks to ensure  that vulnerable households in the Northern Province are supported to secure their land


The State of Sri Lankan Cities 2018

The State of Sri Lankan Cities 2018 presents the first comprehensive assessment of Sri Lanka’s recent urban development. The Report is a key output of the State of Sri Lankan Cities Project. It outlines a vision of a better urban future for all Sri Lankans, drawing on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda, as well as key Government of Sri Lanka strategic documents. The Report provides an analysis of the spatial attributes of Sri Lanka’s urbanization, an overview of its people and functions and examines city economies, urban housing, municipal services, urban connectivity and municipal transport, climate risk and resilience, and governance.