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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2529

Norwegian Ambassador Visits Geotechnical Project In Matale

Colombo, 26 September, (

The Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Thorbjorn.Gaustadsaether will visit Matale on 26th September to observe project activities conducted under the technical cooperation between Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) and National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) which operates under the Ministry of Disaster Management.

LKR 150 million

The technical collaboration on disaster risk reduction has been on-going since 2012, and the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo has so far contributed nearly NOK 8 million (LKR 150 million) and has agreed to extend the support with additional funds until 2020.

Several major outputs have been achieved under this cooperation, such as:

• Training of NBRO-staff on using advanced mapping techniques

• Use of advanced Ground Penetrating Radar equipment for mapping sub-surface conditions below the ground e.g. subsidence and sink holes in Matale and Jaffna

• Use of drone technology to map landslides

• Early warning of landslides in critical areas

• Ground water contamination assessment in Jaffna

• Use of remote sensing (Synthetic Aperture Radar, SAR interferometry) to detect subsidence in Matale etc.

Best in the world

A state-of-the-art Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) system was tailor made at NGI and procured by NBRO to investigate land subsidence hazards. NGI's GPR system has been ranked as the best in the world by the European Commission, and has been used in many placed throughout the world for investigating sub-surface ground conditions. A number of automated rain gauges were installed at Peradeniya, Walapane, Naula and Ratota under this project to monitor rainfall, soil moisture, temperature and other parameters.

“Climate change impacts are intensifying extreme weather events and island nations like Sri Lanka are getting increasingly vulnerable. As an emerging economy, disaster risk reduction is becoming more and more important for Sri Lanka” the Ambassador said. He further said “In May 2017, several hundred people lost their lives due to floods and landslides in Sri Lanka. Witnessing the devastating impact of such disasters, the Embassy decided to increase the support in the ongoing project for another two years based on the requirements of NBRO”.

- Asian Tribune -

Ambassador visiting landslide affected areas together with NBRO representative in June 2017.
Ambassador visiting landslide affected areas together with NBRO representative in June 2017.
Ambassador handing over technical equipment to NBRO
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