ECONOMYNEXT – The government is to restructure all State institutions with environmental responsibilities, Senior Adviser to the President on National Security Sagala Ratnayake said.
A task force will be responsible for formulating, implementing and monitoring environmental protection initiatives in the country.
A committee will oversee the strengthening of environmental protection laws and restructuring efforts, Ratnayake said at a beach cleaning program at Beach Plaza, Port City, initiated by the Marine Environment Protection Authority.
This was to mark the commencement of Marine Resources Conservation Week, which will encompass cleanliness drives, awareness campaigns and seabed cleaning activities at 66 locations, targeting identified beaches and lagoon areas spanning all 14 coastal districts across the island.
“The coastal, reservoir, canal and riverine environments hold immense significance for our nation. As an island nation, we rely heavily on water resources. Simultaneously, as a country dependent on tourism, the preservation of a pristine environment is paramount to attract tourists consistently.
“The sustainability of Sri Lanka’s economy can be ensured only through the protection of our environment,” he said.
Sri Lanka saw 136,405 tourist arrivals in August 2023, sharply up from last year’s 37,760 during a currency crisis.
The island nation is targeting 2.5 million tourists in 2023. (Colombo/Sept18/2023)