May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the relevant authorities to take forward all the programs implemented to protect the environment in a strong and efficient manner while declaring an Environment Week in parallel to the World Environment Day which falls on June 05.
The President participating in a progress review meeting of the Central Environmental Authority today (24) scrutinized the progress of the programs implemented by the Authority so far and reviewed the future plans of the Authority.
While completing the environmental projects on time, increasing the number of environmental monitors from school level, and other measures were discussed in detail, the President emphasized the importance of taking steps to increase participation of school children and other stakeholders in environmental conservation, protection and management.
The progress of the recent decisions taken by the government and relevant programs implemented on ban on polythene use, ban on loud horns on vehicles and strengthening of environmental police and towards the other environmental conservation measures have also been discussed.
The President also reviewed the progress made in programs implemented to resolve the problem of Katugastota, Gohagoda garbage dumps that were identified as a major environmental concern in Kandy city.
Secretary to the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment Anura Dissanayake, Central Environment Authority Chairman A.J.M. Muzammil, Director General Mr. Hemantha Jayasinghe and senior officials also participated in this occasion.