Foundation for Environment, Climate and Technology

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Industry Non-Profit
Occupation Climate Research
Location Dhigana, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Introduction FECT arose out of a collaborative project between the Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka and the Earth Institute at Columbia University on climate and water resources in 2000. In the subsequent decade, other projects were undertaken on human elephant conflict, rice, tea and coconut productivity, disaster risk management, infectious disease risk and rain water harvesting. To sustain the capacity developed from these projects, we registered FECT as a non-profit company in 2003. Our work is oriented towards developing usable scientific and technological information that can be applied by users in diverse sectors. We work actively with Sri Lankan partners in government institutions, Research Institutes and Universities. Further information about FECT is found at FECT has also been working in Maldives since 2007.
Interests Climate Information for Mahaweli River Basin Management (2000-to date): We collaborated with the International Research Institute for climate and society and the Mahaweli Authority to identify the potential use of seasonal climate information for water resource Climate Change and Variability and Tea and Coconut Plantations in Sri Lanka (2002–6): We collaborated with the Tea and Coconut Research Institutes and the Department of Meteorology. Climate and Human-Elephant Conflict (2001–4): We identified the climate influences on human elephant conflict in Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Mahaweli Authority and the Department of Wildlife Conservation. Click>> Climate and Natural Disaster Risk (2002–5): The risks posed by multiple natural hazards (droughts, floods, landslides and cyclones) in Sri Lanka were identified. . Malaria Risk Mapping and Early Warning Systems (2003–7): We contributed to a project on climate and malaria in Sri Lanka in collaboration with the IRI, IWMI and others to develop an early warning system for malaria risk. Assessing drought and enabling adaptation through rainwater harvesting at Idamelanda (2007-9): Scarcity assessments climate analysis was developed to support Rain Water Harvesting policy, design and operations in Hanguranketha. El Nino Southern Oscillation Impacts on Cereals in Sri Lanka (2010).