Senior Adviser to the President on National Security and Chief of the Presidential Staff, Mr. Sagala Ratnayake, officially launched a program today (12) aimed at reducing the environmental damage caused to the coast of Sri Lanka by the distressed X-Press Pearl vessel which caught fire. The program also involves using machinery to remove the garbage from the affected coast, and the launch took place at Crow-Island beach in Mattakkuliya.
The program is jointly implemented by the Marine Environment Protection Authority, Department of Coast Conservation, Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Gove ment, Central Environmental Authority, Environmental Police, Sri Lanka Navy, and Tudawe Brothers Private Limited.
Expressing his views on this occasion, Mr. Sagala Ratnayake said that Sri Lanka attracts tourists because of its beautiful beaches, environment, and cultural heritage. Therefore, he emphasized that it is everyone’s responsibility to contribute to the tourism industry by protecting the coast as well as protecting the environment for the next generation.
Mr. Sagala Ratnayake added that he intends to continue implementing this coastal conservation program in a sustainable manner and that he anticipates receiving support from non-gove mental organizations and resource persons in doing so.
The event was attended by Navy Commander Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera, Chairman of the Marine Environment Protection Authority, Mr. Asela B. Rekawa, Chairman of the Clean Ocean Force Organization, Mr. Jerome Fe ando, and other officials.