Written by Staff Writer
05 Jun, 2016 | 9:47 pm
President Maithripala Sirisena says that he will personally intervene in safeguarding officials tasked with the protection of the environment. The president made this statement at a national ceremony held to mark World Environment Day.
The national ceremony to celebrate World Environment Day day was held at the Edward Grounds in Matale on Sunday June 5. National policies on invasive species, alternative measures and active measures were unveiled at the event.
President Sirisena, speaking at the event, said that its important to recognise the significance of inspiration over advice on a day like today. The president also revealed one of the measures taken to protect the environment.
The president added that he has entrusted the Air Force with the task of conducting aerial inspections of the forests of the country once a week, and to see who is behind the deforestation The president further stated that he has also instructed the Navy to take measures in the event, people are found cutting down trees and transporting timber via boats.
” I have instructed the army to work in coordination with the police in protecting areas that are subject to deforestation, and to take necessary steps in this regard. This is the first time the tri-forces are being used to conserve natural resources. This has not been done before”, added President Maithripala Sirisena.
A Na sapling was planted by President Maithripala Sirisena, commemorating World Environment Day. Important decisions were made by world leaders on the protection of the environment during the World Climate Summit in Paris last year.
While President Maithripala Sirisena also attended the summit, he pledged his commitment for the protection of the environment in Sri Lanka. World leaders agreed to take adequate measures to improve renewable energy and reduce green house gases to tackle global warming.
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