Oct 11, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today called on the country's people to fulfill their responsibilities towards environment while launching a national tree planting program aimed at increasing forest density.
The President cautioned that if the responsibilities for the earth and the environment are not properly fulfilled the country will face a tragic situation in the future.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the program to conserve the catchment areas and 'Vanaropa' National Tree Planting Program held today (Oct. 11) near the Kandethenna Tank, Delthota, Kandy, President Sirisena said it is a prime responsibility of everyone to be committed to the activities of environmental conservation.
The two programs have been organized by the Presidential Secretariat and Mahaweli Development and Environment Ministry under "Punarudaya" national program for environmental conservation.
Speaking further, the President said the floods, earth slips and droughts faced by the country are the results of failing to fulfill the humans' responsibility towards the environment.
He pointed out though the development is required, the development process should follow proper plans and policies. "They also should respect the regulations of nature," he said.
The President further stated that 'Vanaropa' program is an endeavor to fulfill humans' responsibilities for environmental conservation, nurturing the environment and loving the environment.
The Vanaropa National Tree Planting Program is implemented under a concept of the President as the Minister of Environment. The program aims at increasing forest density up to 32 percent by 2018.
President Sirisena delivered saplings of fruit plants to school children to symbolize Vanaropa National Tree Planting Program. Three thousand saplings of mango, guava, pomegranate, lime and stone apple plants were distributed to school children along with caps and bundles of books containing information on environment.
A book on catchment areas conservation was presented to the President.