A book on land pol­icy for sus­tain­able devel­op­ment by Prof. G.H. Peiris

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‘Sri Lanka: Land Pol­icy for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment – to strengthen the strug­gle for sur­vival’ by Prof. G.H. Peiris was re­cently re­leased by Visidunu Prakashakayo. Priced at Rs. 1,290, the book is now avail­able at lead­ing book­sell­ers and at the Colombo In­ter­na­tional Book Fair cur­rently on at the BMICH.

The au­thor, Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus of the Per­adeniya Univer­sity earned his doc­toral de­gree from the Univer­sity of Cam­bridge. He has also un­der­taken re­search as­sign­ments for the ILO, the WHO, En­cy­clo­pe­dia Bri­tan­nica and other pres­ti­gious or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The book is based on the premise that land pol­icy in Sri Lanka should ex­tend be­yond its con­ven­tional pre­oc­cu­pa­tion with tenurial re­la­tions in agri­cul­ture, land­less­ness­ness among the ru­ral poor and con­ser­va­tion of forests; and while con­tin­u­ing to pro­mote poverty al­le­vi­a­tion and pro­duc­tiv­ity en­hance­ment in all seg­ments of the econ­omy. It en­com­pass a wide range of con­cerns such as those per­tain­ing to en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion, the ram­i­fied im­pact of in­ten­si­fy­ing nat­u­ral haz­ards and the chang­ing needs and as­pi­ra­tions of the peo­ple, es­pe­cially the youth – im­pelled mainly by their con­stant ex­po­sure to in­creas­ingly ag­gres­sive ethos of con­sumerism.

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