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‘Husma Dena Thuru’ Project

Fifty thousand saplings planted in one-and-a-half months: Amaraweera

Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that 50,000 saplings have been planted during the past one-and-a-half months under the ‘Husma Dena Thuru’ (‘Trees Giving Life’) tree-planting programme initiated by his ministry.

He was speaking at a progress review meeting regarding the project that was held at the Ministry of Environment on December 30, a press release from the ministry stated. “President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’ policy aims to increase the forest cover in the country to 30%. Therefore, the Ministry of Environment has decided to plant two million saplings under this programme within the next four years,” the minister said.

The Environment Minister had also stated that the objective of his ministry is to create an opportunity for the public to breathe freely. He had added that it is the public’s duty as well to help create an environment that has cleaner air by reducing carbon emissions and increasing the oxygen level in the atmosphere, the statement read.

The minister had stated that the Central Environmental Authority, the Geological Survey, and the Mines Bureau should also cooperate in this project. He added that under the ‘Husma Dena Thuru’ project, several other sub-projects have been initiated; and that they include the setting up of 1,000 herbal gardens at the religious sites and the construction of urban green forests in major cities, the press release said.

Amaraweera also said that even though 50,000 saplings were planted during the past one-and-a-half months, the government had not spent any money on it. He added that all financial contributions for it were made by the private sector, the statement added.

However, the Central Environmental Authority, the Geological Survey, and the Mines Bureau should also implement such programmes, he added.