INSEE Cement launches Phase 2 of the Coral Restoration in Unawatuna | Daily News

INSEE Cement launches Phase 2 of the Coral Restoration in Unawatuna

Sri Lankan Navy Divers planning the setting up of the steel structures in the Sea.
Sri Lankan Navy Divers planning the setting up of the steel structures in the Sea.

INSEE Cement, has been passionately engaged in re-building Sri Lanka’s coral reefs in the company’s dedicated endeavour to contribute to the conservation of nature.

The company commenced coral reef restoration in 2009 in partnership with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Initially the restoration project commenced with IUCN placing concrete structures in the Unawatuna area in the Southern coast. Although the speed of restoration was slow, the initiative resulted in 25 coral colonies being naturally established on those structures.

INSEE Cement launched the second phase of the coral restoration endeavour recently, this time in partnership with the Rotaract Club of Moratuwa University and the Sri Lanka Navy. In this phase of the initiative, they obtained technical consultancy from the French Coastal Oceanographer Thomas Le Berre, a well-known veteran in coral reef growing projects.

This time, for the first time in Sri Lanka, the traditional concrete structures were replaced by coated steel structures with extensive advantages for coral reef restoration. The Sri Lanka Navy divers supported INSEE Cement Lanka’s project by placing the structures on the bottom of the sea bed and continues to monitor the progress of restoration to safeguard the survival of the coral reef. This initiative is expected to bring results faster and more effectively.

Chief Executive Officer of INSEE Cement Lanka Nandana Ekanayake recalled how the tsunami in 2004 severely affected the southern coastal belt.

“We’re pleased to observe that our efforts are significantly helping to make this delicate underwater ecosystem thrive again. Coral reefs are also destroyed by human activity as well and we’re fully aware of the need to protect and rebuild these reefs in order to minimize land erosion and enhance coastal biodiversity” he said.

INSEE Cement has been concerned and active in launching efforts to protect and rebuild reefs in order to minimize land erosion and enhance coastal biodiversity.


 

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