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'Nekathata Palayak' tree planting project launched

World Wetlands Day falls today, coinciding with this day, a tree planting project called 'Nekatata Pelayak' was launched at the Ministry of Environment today.

In line with the upcoming Sinhala and Hindu New Year auspicious rituals, a powerful tree planting auspicious time of 6.40 am on April 16 has been included in the National Astrology Committee auspicious sheet.

According to an idea of the Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, arrangements have been made to plant at least one sapling in every home garden in the island at the same auspicious time.

The programme was launched at the Ministry of Environment today to symbolize the planting of seeds to prepare the seedlings required for this.

Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera, Secretary to the Ministry Dr. Anil Jasinghe and Hindu and Buddhist priests representing the clergy were also present on the occasion.

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Law will be enforced strictly on those who destroy environmentMinister Amaraweera

Anyone who destroys the environment will not be protected. The law will be enforced against them all, be they politicians, government officials or businessmen. About a hundred people who have destroyed the environment in the past have already been prosecuted, Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.

The Minister was initiating a tree planting project called, Nekatata Pelayak, at the Environment Ministry today to mark the World Wetlands Day that fell on February 2.

In line with the upcoming Sinhala and Hindu New Year auspicious rituals, a powerful tree planting auspicious time at 6.40 am on April 16 has been included in the National Astrology Committee auspicious sheet. According to an idea of ​​Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, at least one sapling will be planted in every home garden at that time.

A programme was launched at the Ministry yesterday to symbolise the planting of seeds to get seedlings in this regard. Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, Secretary to the Ministry Dr. Anil Jasinghe and Hindu and Buddhist priests were present on the occasion. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that the World Wetlands Day was declared on February 2, 1971 at the Convention in Ramsar, Iran. “In our country too, six major wet sanctuaries have been declared as Ramsar wetlands.

They included Bundala National Park, Anavilundawa Sanctuary, Maduganga, Wankale, Kumana National Park, and the Wilpattu National Park,” he said. “We have to fight a huge battle against some businessmen, underworld gangs and other people and even against some government officials to protect the Muthurajawela Wet Sanctuary, which is known as the lungs of our country even though it is not named as a Ramsar Wetland,” the Minister said.“In the recent past, there have been reports of various illegal landfills in Muthurajawela. Flora and fauna give us oxygen. Once the vegetation is destroyed, nature produces the oxygen it needs artificially. Today, air pollution in some parts of the world has forced people to carry oxygen tanks to be bonding the backside. Fortunately, such a situation has not yet arisen in our country, but there is a risk that in a few more years, we will be in the same situation,” the Minister said.Ministry Secretaru Dr. Anil Jasinghe said that wetlands are like the lungs of the body. “Our body needs to cleanse the blood. Oxygen is filtered by the lungs. Wetlands also provide oxygen and clean water for animals, including humans. But today we are facing the threat of the destruction of these wetlands,” he said.

“Through this, the forest cover will be increased to 30 per cent. These activities cannot be done by the Government alone. "We need the support of all parties," he said.