Welcome to EMACE
Over the past 30 years we have worked with our partners to make Sri Lanka better.
We are now creating greater impact by supporting vulnerable communities through social enterprise, conflict resolution, disability rights and social justice to empower our communities to ensure no one is left behind.
Creating a healthy, vibrant, progressive responsible participatory community sector which contributes to social cohesion, equality and justice.
To protect the basic human rights of the most vulnerable people - women, children and the displaced and to support the attainment of adequate means of income generation, health care, education, security and environmental sustainability, while actively influencing government and industry towards greener policies and practices.
Meet our team
The EMACE team
Our team with our German partners
We are experienced project management specialists, field surveyors, Biologists, lawyers, advocates, former CEA directors, financial managers, environmental protectors and committed humans involved in making our country a better place through informed and data-backed action.
The Board of Directors
Prof. MDC Abhayaratna - PhD , Mr. Sivalingan Thawarasa (Director of Projects), Ms. Swarna Ekanayake (Director of Planning) - MSc, BSc, Ms. Vinoka Jayasundera (Executive Director) - MBA, BA, Ms. EM Ranmanika (Chairperson) - BSc, Mr. Ananda Alahakoon (Director of Technical Capabilities) - MSc, BSc, Mr. Akila Suvin (Director of Finance) - MEng, BEng, Mr.T.O Wijesundera - BEng, Mr. Neil Perera (Director of Communications) - MBA, BSc.
News and upcoming events
Solarising Communities 2020
Enabling vulnerable communities with income
Solar cookers are a great way of saving money, minimising women's inhalation of toxic firewood (women are still the primary cooks, especially in rural Sri Lanka). Our initiative with SF Foundation in the United Kingdom is leading to over 2000 solar cookers being distributed as subsidised costs for vulnerable communities to cook with, create large scale cooked goods for sale and drying.
Protecting our lake - one trilingual board at a time 2020
We at EMACE are proud to be supporting the conservation of the Bolgoda Lake in collaboration with the Central Environmental Authority and the Ministry of Environment to construct over 30 trilingual (Sinhala, Tamil and English) displays around the Bolgoda Lake which depict the Bolgoda Lake Environmentally Protected Zone and the legal consequences of harming the environment.
Endorsement by the President of Sri Lanka 2019
EMACE was commended by the HE the President of Sri Lanka Maithreepala Sirisena, while being issued with a statement of our work especially with our partners upon the completion of the RPTM Conference 2019 in November 2019.
We are ending this year on an incredible high and we hope to continue our good work in 2020 and onwards!
Newspaper feature 2019
We have been featured in the newspaper!
Our conference was featured in the newspaper and other media.
Rehabilitation and Protection of Tropical Mangrove Ecosystems 2019
A conference for the future
The EMACE team is happy to report the 2019 conference organized for the 4th of November 2019 was concluded successfully. The organizing team from EMACE collaborated with the Presidential Secretariat of Sri Lanka and the Central Environmental Authority of Sri Lanka.
International Conference on Mangroves 2019
Bringing in experts and best practices to Sri Lanka
EMACE is organizing and hosting an international conference in Sri Lanka with international expertise and local stalwarts to create a knowledge exchange and best practices adoption to contribute to policy changes in Sri Lanka in line with the National Policies and the Sustainable Development Goals.
EMACE Photography Competition 2019
Open for All!
EMACE has organized an islandwide Photography Competition which is open to all nature lovers on the Beauty of Bolgoda Lake. With exciting prizes including cash and plaques and certificates, the competition will support the most discerning nature photographers in the country.
Ministry of Education and EMACE Zonal Art Competition 2019
Inspiring the next generation of environmentalists!
EMACE in partnership with the Ministry of Education of Sri Lanka is organizing the Zonal Art Competition 2019 on the theme of the "Beauty of Bolgoda Lake" to inspire young artists from the zonal schools to gain prizes for their creative artwork of the Bolgoda Lake and its beautiful ecosystem.
World Wetland Day 2018: Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future
Securing our wetlands for a better future
We celebrated the World Wetland Day 2018 with the presence of the President of Sri Lanka H.E Maithreepala Sirisena, the Central Environmental Authority and stakeholders from private, public and civil sectors. At this National Wetland Day celebration, Bolgoda Lake and Mangroves were well highlighted. Our Art and poetry competitions held to mark this day were also successful with student displaying remarkable creativity
Solar Promotion 2017
For a grid independent life
With our Solar Cookers, there are toxic fumes or hours spent finding firewood or any risks of burn. The Sun's radiation cooks everything for you automatically.
Community gardens 2017
Back to a growth economy
Our community gardens are thriving especially during the drought because of the commitment of our community members.
Sustainable livelihood based community development through environmental conservation 2017
Working with partners for stronger impact
Lakes Conference 2016
Connecting partners, creating impact.
The Lakes network ensures cross-border collaboration for our common sustainable goals.
World Wetland Day 2015: Wetlands for Our Future
Protecting one of our most valuable resources
They purify and replenish our water, and provide the fish and rice that feed billions. Wetlands act as a natural sponge against flooding and drought, and protect our coastlines. They burst with biodiversity, and are a vital means of storing carbon
Unfortunately, these benefits are not widely known. Often viewed as wasteland, 64% of our wetlands have disappeared since 1900.
Help us turn the tide on the loss and degradation of our wetlands. Join us for World Wetlands Day 2015 – and beyond!
With rich history of 30 years of impact, with our resource persons and partners, we deliver diverse initiatives across Sri Lanka.
Solar support for vulnerable communities
Solar for now and for the future
Our work revolves around creating access and promoting Solar cookers, Solar units, Solar maintenance and Solarization of existing electricity grid and firewood dependents.
Cottage businesses for women
Empowering women, empowering families
Skills building, capacity development and consultancy for start-up, small and medium entrepreneurial women who are taking charge of their financial futures.
Creating housing and socio-economic regeneration in the slums of Sri Lanka
Housing and sanitation are basic rights
Our work resulted in over people gaining sanitation and housing facilities in addition to a community centre. This project was carried out with the generous support of National Housing Development Authority and the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation.
Income generation assistance for vulnerable communities
Income generation for communities in conflict affected areas
With the generous support of AusAid, EMACE and the team dialogued, designed, implemented and supported 200 new economic initiatives in diverse sectors including apparel and farming.
Rebuilding affected schools in Northern Sri Lanka
Creating harmony and co-existence
Working towards better harmony and better education initiatives to rebuild our people.
Disability support and social justice
No one left behind
From awareness to livelihood generation activities, we provide persons with disabilities in Sri Lanka due to previous conflict, with the ability to start over and have a new life through access to employment, up-skilling and education.
Sustainable livelihood development and organic agri-business
Sustainable green jobs for a greener future
We provide consultations through experts and societies, training and skills building, technical knowledge exchange and capacity building.
Education, leadership and community development
Engaging youth leaders for better future leadership
Creating future leaders who work with Sustainable Development Goals through intensive training programmes for a better future.
Legal aid and advocacy
Empowering youth, women and communities legally
We ensure that communities who need access to legal information, legal aid and support are able to access it through us. Our advocacy work engages civil and community groups in gaining land rights, human rights, transparent legal processes and become empowered to take a stand especially through paralegal training.
Environmental conservation and protection with the Government of Germany.
Without our environment, we are nothing
Scientific greening of areas affected by unplanned development, reforestation, biodiversity conservation and the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals.
Protecting gentle giants while supporting communities
A tusker is killed every 15 minutes. Border village communities and farmers are the affected by this conflict too. We are working to provide awareness, livelihood generation activities and rally communities to protect our elephants to stop poaching and elephant deaths.
Creating a SME EMS management systems
SMEs in Sri Lanka need better environmental management
With the generous support of the European Commission, EMACE was able to create an EMS system that was both practical and technically-backed for the SME sector in Sri Lanka.
Volunteer and intern development programme
Volunteering for personal and organizational development
We engage and build up our volunteers' skills and capabilities in becoming the next generation of changemakers, be it through research, innovative solution creation and project implementation.
Our publications, reports and extensive documentation
Our work related documentation and data.
Our research documents and other publications.
Our commitment to transparency and accountability.
We are audited by well-respected firms as partners of leading organisations.