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    Environment Commemoration Week from May 30 to June 05 Featured

    May 31, 2019

    Since 1973, the 5th of June every year is celebrated throughout the world as the World Environment Day pursuant to a collective decision made at the Environment Summit held in Stockholm in Sweden in 1972. Since then a comprehensive course of action is being taken by the UN Environmental Programme at global level relating to the field of environment. Accordingly, a number of programmes have been lined up under the theme ‘Minimization of air pollution through Sustainable Forest Management’ in order to mark the World Environment Day which falls on June 5, 2019. This programme has been organized by the Central Environmental Authority and other related institutions in collaboration with the Ministry of Mahaveli Development and Environment as instructed by His Excellency the President, Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Hon. Minister of Environment and under the supervision of the Hon State Minister of Environment, Ajith Mannapperuma. The National Programme to commemorate the World Environment Day will be held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall premises graced by His Excellency the President, Maithripala Sirisena , on June 6, 2019 at 10.00 a.m.

    To mark this occasion, an Environment Commemoration Week has been declared by the government from May 30 to June 05, 2019 and the noteworthy feature will be the line-up of Environment Programmes throughout the week relating to this year’s theme in a manner that solutions are provided to the main environmental problems faced by us. A number of systematic Programmes have also been arranged under the National Environmental Commemoration Week from May 30th to June 05th declared by the National Programme for Environmental Conservation of the Presidential Secretariat relating to the World Environmental Day celebrations as follows:

     May 30 - Environment Cleaning and Awareness Day
    May 31 - Air Pollution and Adverse Impact Minimization Day
    June 01 - Tree planting Day
    June 02 - Water and Water Source Conservation Day
    June 03 - Bio-diversity Conservation Day
    June 04 - Sustainable Land Management Day
    June 05 - World Environment Day

    Further expanding the country’s air quality programme implemented by the Central Environmental Authority so far, an atmospheric air quality examination in urban areas has been initiated. Under this new scheme, arrangements have been made to constantly examine the atmospheric air quality of the Battaramulla and Kandy areas and to keep the public informed on a daily basis.
    Accordingly, arrangements have been made to officially declare open digitally the Air Quality Observation Centres stationed on the remises of the Central Envieonmental Authority at Battaramulla, the Kandy Central Bus Stand and in the Biyagama area around the Kelani River, at the National function to be held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall under the aegis of His Excellency the President.
    The academic lecture will be delivered on this occasion by Dr. A.G.T. Sugathapala, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Studies of the University or Moratuwa on the topic “Air Pollution and its Adverse Impacts”.
    In addition to that, the publication ‘Hand Book on Air Quality Process’ and the ‘Sobaketha’ magazine containing articles on contmporary environmental themes will be presented to His Excellency the President at this national function. Several Programmes have also been planned by all the Provincial and District Offices of the Central Environmental Authority under the World Environment Commemoration Programme implemented islandwide. Under that, a number of programmes enabling the active engagement of the public have been lined up such as awareness creation among school children and other groups in various fields, tree planting campaigns, promotion of waste recycling etc.
    Action has been taken to engage all District Secretaries as well as Local Governement Heads and senior officials in oder to implement this scheme islandwide. Expressing views on this matter, Mr Hemanha Jayasinghe, Director General of the Central Environmental Authority requests all those concerned to pay special attention to the national accounability towards enironment conservation rather than making some sort of contribution to enironmental pollution, as Sri Lankan citizens.

    Last modified on Friday, 31 May 2019 17:30

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