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* National Coastal and Marine Resources Conservation Week launched
Sat, Sep 19, 2020, 11:50 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 19, Colombo: The inaugural event on the National Coastal and Marine Resources Conservation Week and Coastal Cleanup Programme, organized by the Marine Environment Protection Authority and the Department of Coast Conservation and Coastal Resources Management, was held today (19) at Mount Lavinia Beach with the participation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

In line with the International Coastal Cleanup Program symbolizing the Coastal and Marine Resources Conservation Week, the International Beach Cleanup Program launched today by the Marine Environment Protection Authority under the timely theme 'Clean Sea - A Clean Beach' in a Sri Lanka full of natural beauty.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa presented prizes and certificates to the winning students of the Poster Art Competition held on the occasion of World Oceans Day and presented plaques to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority in recognition of institutions dedicated to marine environment conservation.

Dharshani Lahandapura, Chairperson of the Maritime Environmental Protection Authority, presented the Commemorative book "Nikasala Ocean - A Clean Beach" printed to coincide with International Coastal Cleanup Day and National Marine Conservation Week to the Prime Minister.

This program is implemented by the Marine Environment Protection Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, the Ministry of Tourism, the Sri Lanka Navy, the Department of Civil Defense and the Department of Coastal Resource Management.

A series of beach clean-up programs covering the entire coast of Sri Lanka is organized throughout the week, and about 70 beach clean-up programs will be conducted in selected beaches around the island.

Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Environment, Douglas Devananda, Minister of Fisheries, Sarath Weerasekara, Minister of State for Provincial Councils and Local Government, Nalaka Godahewa, Minister of Urban Development, Coast Conservation, Waste Disposal and Public Sanitation, Commanders of the tri-forces, General Manager of the Marine Environment Protection Authority, Dr. Turnie Pradeep Kumara, Heads of State Governments, Officers, Representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations, parents, and children participated in the occasion.


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