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Husma Dena Thuru gets off the ground

22 November, 2020
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa planting a white sandalwood sapling near the entrance to the Defence Headquarters
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa planting a white sandalwood sapling near the entrance to the Defence Headquarters

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, on Friday, inaugurated the Husma Dena Thuru National Tree Planting Program.

The program by the Environment Ministry aims to plant two million saplings across the country and increase the country’s forest-cover by 30 percent within the next five years as set out in the President’s Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour policy statement.

According to the program, trees are planted to suit the area with the aim of reducing the percentage of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and increasing the volume of oxygen. The program is jointly implemented by the Central Environmental Authority, the Environment Ministry, the Defence Headquarters and the Army.

President Rajapaksa planted a white sandalwood sapling near the entrance to the Defence Headquarters in front of the Central Environmental Authority, Battaramulla as the first sapling. The President presented a stock of saplings to a representative group of school students whose schools are at the forefront of the green environment project.

Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera and Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva also joined the program. Secretary to the Ministry of Environment Dr Anil Jasinghe, Government officials, senior military officers, students, teachers and other invitees attended the event strictly adhering to health guidelines.

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