President blames politicians and racketeers for destroying environment


By Ifham Nizam

Politicians and racketeers destroyed the environment, said President Maithripala Sirisena at the inauguration ceremony of the three-day confab of the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation Asia-Pacific Conference held at the MAS Athena, Thulhiriya, on Tuesday.

Addressing a gathering of nearly 300 participants, mostly scientists from 40 countries, the President said that maintaining a balance between development and the conservation was essential.

The President said that the people living in tropical Asia had a vital role to play in the global sustainability environment management process, for it was geographically and economically rich in natural resources and biodiversity.

The President said he believed that re-plantation of destroyed forests would help conserve those isolated areas and ensure the future survival of the flora and fauna.

President Sirisena also highlighted the fact that a large amount of food was being contaminated by vermin in Sri Lanka and expressed hope that the experts at the conference would pay their keen attention to the matter to come up with a sustainable solution.

The 13th Asia-Pacific Conference of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation will continue till September 13th with joint collaboration of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, University of Colombo, Sabaragamuwa University and various other private and public sector stakeholders.

The Conference will today honour world renowned 79-year old Dr. Anslem de Silva with the title `Father of Sri Lanka’s herpetology.

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