Munasinghe Institute for Development

Projects & Research
   
  • Sustainable Recovery and Resilience Building in the Tsunami Effected Region in SL
    A program on sustainable recovery and resilience building in the tsunami affected region, coordinated by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). The overall objective of the program is to ensure sustainable livelihoods and build the long term resilience of coastal hazards among vulnerable communities.

  • Integrating Science and Technology Policy Within National Sustainable Development Strategy

    Assisting the Government of Sri Lanka in developing and implementing a practical science and technology policy, which is fully integrated within the national sustainable development strategy.


  • Agriculture & Climate Change

    This research study examines the effect of climate change on agriculture in Sri Lanka using the Ricardian method to look at how net revenue varies across climatic zones in Sri Lanka. The Ricardian method accounts for the direct impacts of climate on yields of different crops as well as the indirect substitution of different inputs, introduction of different activities, and other potential adaptations by farmers to different climates. Two separate models were estimated to capture changes in the net revenue of paddy and plantation crops due to climatic changes in 24 districts in the country.

    According to the projected changes in rainfall and temperature in 2050, revenues of paddy cultivation decrease very significantly in 2050 -- this negative impact is mainly due to the change in rainfall. In contrast, there will be an overall gain in plantation revenues due to the increase rainfall in the central hill areas. However, the overall impacts on agricultural production and GDP in 2050 are negative.


  • Integrating Environmental concerns into the I-O Table-2000 of SL

    MIND is engaged in upgrading the fourteen sectors Input Output Table for 2000 of Sri Lanka with the depletion, pollution and environmental degradation of land, water and forests resources, which took place due to the economic activities in the year. The input-output structure in which the outputs of all the economic sectors of the country are divided between inputs into other sectors as intermediate goods and services and final demand, has been identified as a powerful tool for economic modeling since it helps to estimate impacts on the overall economy when there is a change in any sector.


  • GEF Adaptation Projects
    Large GEF adaptation projects in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

  • Regional Energy Strategy for the Greater Mekong System
    Partner in major Asian Dev. Bank study of “Regional Energy Strategy for the Greater Mekong System”

  • Sri Lanka : Rural and Renewable Energy Strategy
    Study for the World Bank on “Rural and renewable energy strategy for Sri Lanka”

  • India, Indonesia, Maldives, Thailand and Sri Lanka: Impacts of the 2004 Asian Tsunami, 2006
    Study for the UNDP  – results published as a joint MIND-UNDP book.

  • South Asia: Sustainable Transport Options for South Asian Cities, 2007-2008
    Carried out research study in collaboration with TERI, India on Sustainable Transport options for South Asian Cities. Coordinated work of multiple team members and preparation of reports. Policy recommendations discussed with govt. officials.

  • Sri Lanka: Assessment of Resilience and Vulnerability of Coastal Communities to Disasters, 2007-2010
    Study funded by Swedish SIDA, in partnership with the Stockholm Environmental Institute, on “Mainstreaming Disaster Management Policies into Sustainable Development Strategies”
    Conducted Study and write-up of report. Implementation of results for future climate change adaptation (sea level rise) projects

  • Sri Lanka: Assessment of Impact of Science and Technology on Economic Growth, 2008-2010
    Canadian IDRC funded study to advise Sri Lanka government on how best to integrate science and technology into national development goals and policies.  The results were communicated to the Sri Lankan Minister of Science and Technology and senior staff, for implementation.

  • Sri Lanka: Garment Industry - Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions Mitigation, 2008-2011
    Study in collaboration with UNITAR, Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester (UK)
    Analysing supply chain from cradle to grave in the garment industry (major export earner and employment source), including raw materials, factory processing, marketing, export, transportation, warehousing, retailing, consumption and disposal. Results help to identify opportunities for reducing energy use and CO2 emissions, addressing other environmental & social issues, and formulating implementable projects to improve overall sustainability in the garment sector. The project was carried out in cooperation with garment industry research collaborators.

  • Sri Lanka: Tea Industry - Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions Mitigation, 2009-2012
    Study in collaboration with UNITAR, Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester (UK)
    Analysing supply chain from cradle to grave in the tea industry (major export earner and employment source), including smallholder or estate production, factory processing, marketing, export, transportation, warehousing, retailing, consumption in overseas homes, and disposal. Results help to identify opportunities for reducing energy use and CO2 emissions, addressing other environmental & social issues, and formulating implementable projects to improve overall sustainability in the tea sector. The project was carried out in cooperation with tea industry research collaborators.

  • Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Nepal: Regional Economics of Energy & Climate Change in South Asia, 2010-2014
    MIND assisted the Asian Development Bank in preparing the comprehensive Sri Lanka country report of the regional study to analyse key energy & climate change risks in the South Asia region, and analyze their impacts on social, economic and environmental aspects in 2012-13.
    Two major components of the study were on Regional Economics of Climate Change in South Asia - Adaptation and Impact Assessment (RECCSA), during 2011-13: (1) Energy sector adaptation and impact assessment (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka); and (2) Sri Lanka adaptation and impact assessment (Energy & other sectors).

  • Brazil: Biodiesel Production from Palm Oil – Improving Overall Sustainability and Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions Mitigation, 2012-2015
    This study was done for VALE Inc. (Brazil), the largest mining company in the world, with an annual turnover of US$....... MIND analysed the supply chain from cradle to grave in the production of biodiesel fuel from palm oil, including smallholder or estate production, factory processing, marketing, export, transportation, warehousing, retailing, and consumption. Results help to identify opportunities for reducing energy use and CO2 emissions, addressing other environmental & social issues, and formulating implementable projects to improve overall sustainability in biodiesel production. Field studies were carried out in collaboration with palm oil industry operations staff and researchers from the Federal University of Para, Brazil.

  • Sri Lanka: Incorporating Sustainability into Business, 2015-2017
    Advising the Board of Directors and Senior Management of the IDEAL Group, a leading vehicle importer about how to integrate and implement a full range of environmental, social and financial sustainability practices into their operations.  Conducting Life Cycle and Value Chain Analysis for this organization.  Assisting them in branding for sustainability, product labeling and getting certification for all aspects of sustainability.

  • C3D Phase I
    MIND is among the three institutions identified by UNITAR for the purpose of capacity building on Climate Change and Sustainable development. 
    MIND along with other partners ENDA, Senegal and ERC, South Africa is developing training material and organizing capacity building workshops on Sustainable Development and Climate Change adaptation and mitigation programmes.

  • Evaluation of Dams and Development Project
    This exercise was undertaken through a global survey of responses of the members of the Development of Dams Forum (DDF), which included direct interviews as well as telephone interviews. MIND made some far reaching recommendations in regard to the future of DDP, based on which the a decision has been reached by World Bank to extend the project life span by one more year.

  • Evaluation of project proposals relating to safe drinking water and technology
    Chairman MIND evaluated 52 projects relating to safe drinking water. The project was sponsored by the UNDP unit for Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (TCDC), Third World Academy of Sciences TWAS, of which Chairman MIND is the Chancellor, Third World Network of Scientific Organisations (TWNSO) and World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

  • Power Sector Poverty Linkages
    This study analysed the impact of electricity sector and reform on consumers.

  • Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (Ma) Dissemination Meeting

    4 th May 2005 at SLAAS Auditorium

    Disseminate the path breaking results of the Millenium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), released in major world capitals including New York, London, Delhi and Beijing. The work was carried out for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, by 1300 leading experts from 95 countries, over a 5 year period, to assess how ecosystem degradation would affect the UN Millenium Development Goals (MDG) agreed in 2000

  • C3D Phase II
    Member of a consortium spanning Africa, Asia and Europe, which has undertaken a wide range of research and training activities to build capacity on climate change and sustainable development in developing countries. MIND is recognised as a UN centre of excellence in Asia.

  • Nanotechnology, Poverty and Sustainable Development
    Carrying out research on practical applications of nanotechnology for poverty alleviation and making development more sustainable, in areas such as energy, environment and water.

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