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‘Take serious note of environmental impact of foreign investment’

President Maithripala Sirisena presented a cheque for over Rs 1.5 million to Vidhushika Rajapaksa Pathiratne, a student of Sumana Balika Vidyalaya, Ratnapura, for inventing  an alternative to plastic lunch sheets, at the World Environment Day celebrations held at the BMICH yesterday. Picture by Sudath Malaweera.
President Maithripala Sirisena presented a cheque for over Rs 1.5 million to Vidhushika Rajapaksa Pathiratne, a student of Sumana Balika Vidyalaya, Ratnapura, for inventing an alternative to plastic lunch sheets, at the World Environment Day celebrations

President Maithripala Sirisena said serious note should be taken of the environmental impact of new investments, especially of new foreign investments.

The President was speaking at a ceremony to mark World Environment Day 2019, at the BMICH yesterday.

President Sirisena said close attention should be paid to new foreign investments since most industries which are harmful to the environment shift to other countries.

While drawing attention to the present statistics relating to the environment, he said we should not delay in taking measures to protect the country’s environment.

“If we all rally round hand in hand, it is not difficult to move forward where environment protection is concerned,” the President said.

He said steps will be taken to ban the import of chainsaws and other equipment used for cutting down trees in the near future. The Cabinet paper will be submitted promptly in this regard as the Environment Ministry is attending to it.

Attention will be drawn to the deforestation impact caused by wadu maduwa as certain people use wadu maduwa for illegal timber rackets, the President said.

He urged all public servants to make their utmost contribution to the development of the country.

“Most state officers who go for foreign training and workshops don’t utilise the knowledge gathered from the foreign exposure for the betterment of the country.

They put aside that knowledge at the airport once returning to the country. The Central Environment Authority and the Environment Ministry officers are not an exception.

It is regrettable that knowledge doesn’t drain into the country. As far as I am aware, the Health Ministry, the Central Environment Authority and the Environment Ministry officers receive the highest number of foreign training,” the President said.

He said he took several measures to protect the environment in 2007 as the then Environment Minister. The President said that unlike most other countries Sri Lanka is covered with green trees from a bird’s eye view.

“When travelling by air in a helicopter, we can see our country covered with a green canopy,” he said.

All stakeholders in society including industries, commercial institutions, business ventures, social workers, public organisations, and state institutions should work together to reach a common goal of protecting the environment, President Sirisena said.

Attention has been drawn on environment management now than ever before by the entire world, as the importance of protecting the environment is understood by all, he said.


 

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