Leaders in Environmental Advocacy Forum (LEAF):
Preserving the Past, Securing the Future

LEAF was a great success, thank you to everyone for your support

The Leaders in Environmental Advocacy Forum is a two-day summit to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on January 22-23, 2011. The summit will be hosted by members of Elon University's Periclean Scholar Class of 2011, in partnership with the University of Colombo, the United States Embassy - Colombo, the National Science Foundation - Sri Lanka, and Rainforest Rescue International.

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The summit will be overseen under the guidance of Dr. Crista Arangala, mentor of the Periclean Scholars Class of 2011, and Dr. Tom Arcaro, Director of Project Pericles at Elon University, with support from partners and administrators from the University of Colombo and other leaders in and around the city of Colombo. The goal of the summit is to facilitate communication between distinguished scholars, globally recognized leaders, and invited guests on issues of environmental education and stewardship, focusing specifically on how these issues affect and impact the regions and peoples of Sri Lanka.

LEAF is intended to be an outcome oriented event with the primary goal of policy recommendations being generated and agreed upon by all major stakeholders at LEAF. This will be a progressive and inclusive discussion about the future of Sri Lanka and environmental stewardship both in Sri Lanka and abroad.

The LEAF environmental summit in Colombo comes at an opportune time. Sri Lanka's people and government realize that they must maintain focus on preserving Sri Lanka's precious natural resources while maintaining efforts to grow their economy and expand development. The Periclean Scholars Class of 2011, along with all the other LEAF sponsors, hope that this environmental summit will empower Sri Lanka --and other nations facing similar circumstances-- in terms of balancing environmental stewardship with economic development.