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Hemas Consumer collaborates with WNPS in mangrove restoration project

Hemas Consumer; Azmara Mannan Perera, Sherlene Gunanayagam, and Fiona Juriansz Munasinghe. WNPS; Graham Marshall and Tami Flamer Caldera.
Hemas Consumer; Azmara Mannan Perera, Sherlene Gunanayagam, and Fiona Juriansz Munasinghe. WNPS; Graham Marshall and Tami Flamer Caldera.

Hemas Consumer, a leading manufacturer in beauty and personal care sector, reiterating its commitment to bio-diversity conservation has collaborated with the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) in a scientific mangrove regeneration project within the Anawilundawa Wetland Sanctuary.

Hemas will work closely with the WNPS over a period of three years in implementing necessary measures to restore mangroves in selected blocks of land. The project is also in reasonably close proximity to the Hemas Manufacturing Plant at Dankotuwa. Aided by a holistic approach to mangrove rehabilitation, this 3-year long project will ensure that the restored mangroves are carefully nurtured until they flourish with regular monitoring from all parties. The Dankotuwa Plant will play an active role in this project through participation and by raising awareness among nearby communities on the importance of restoring mangroves for future generations. The Hemas team along with WNPS, will be instrumental in promoting the participation of local communities in mangrove conservation by conducting awareness sessions. This long-term project comes in to fruition in the backdrop of over 50% of Sri Lanka’s mangrove forests being destroyed during the past 30 years. An important element is also that part of the funding is allocated towards scientific study and continual analysis and measurement of the eco system.

Mangroves are among the most productive ecosystems in the world that shelter and feed thousands of animal species and are said to absorb up to 4x CO2 than tropical forests while shielding the surrounding against storms, tsuCommenting during the MoU sign up between Hemas Consumer and the WNPS, Fiona Juriansz Munasinghe - Director Marketing Hemas Consumer said, “We are indeed honored to partner with Wildlife & Nature Protection Society to initiate this timely project that aims to restore the mangrove ecosystem surrounding Anawilundawa wetland, which is threatened by further human activity. Sri Lanka’s ecological resources are declining exponentially for some period and it is high time that we take necessary action before they slip away from our control.”

Marine Committee Chair Graham Marshall speaking on behalf of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society said, “This initiative is driven by the Marine Sub Committee of the WNPS who are extremely happy to be a part of this critical project initiated and owned by the Department of Wildlife Conservation, Department of Forests and supported by the University of Wayamba.”