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Recruitment of Consultant to Conduct Preliminary Study of Open Burning in Sri Lanka


€œOpen burning€ can simply be defined as €œany outdoor fire that does not burn within a container equipped with a chimney or stack.€ This includes uncontrolled combustion of clinical and municipal waste, constructions craps, agricultural residues etc. in an open yard or in barrels. These conditions result in incomplete combustion, and as a result, harmful air pollutants (Dioxins, Furans, etc.) are released directly into the ambient air without passing through an adequate stack, duct or chimney.

These pollutants, such as fine particulates, PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons), heavy metals, and dioxins have been linked to such significant health impacts as decreased lung function, neurological disorders, cancer, and heart attacks and other non communicable diseases. According to the World Health Organization, about 3.7 million people die prematurely from outdoor air pollution. Those most at risk are children, the elderly and people with chronic respiratory problems.

If such a large source of air pollutants is not taken into account, the air pollution countermeasures put in place may not be effective in controlling air pollution. Therefore, there is a strong need to identify contribution of open burning to the total level of air pollutants in Sri Lanka. It is also important to identify the sources and their relative significance in order to introduce regulations to control open burning. In this view, the State Ministry of Environment plans to conduct a preliminary study on open burning in Sri Lanka through this consultancy assignment. The Financial allocation for the assignment is Rs.150000.00.

Objective of the Assignment:

To identify gaps in existing knowledge on open burning and practices in Sri Lanka in order to recommend suitable measures to control air pollution from open burning.

Time Duration:

Three (03) months.

Consultant Profile:

  • An expert with at least 10 years of experience in Air Resource Management or any other relevant field.
  • Should have at least Master Degree in Chemistry, Physics, Statistics or any other relevant field.
  • Should have successfully completed at least 2 similar assignments.

How to Apply:

Interested individuals or consultancy organizations should forward their proposals according to the Request for Proposals which can be downloaded from the link below. (download link)

The proposals should be addressed to Director (Air Resource Management and International Relations), State Ministry of Environment, 980/4/A, Wickramasinghe Place, Ethul Kotte, and should be sent in sealed envelopes marked €œProposal for Consultancy on Open Burning under registered post or by Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be received on or before 21st September 2015.


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Last Updated on Friday, 28 August 2015 13:12