INSEE Cement celebrates World Environment Day | Daily News


 

INSEE Cement celebrates World Environment Day

Group of INSEE Green Club Volunteers while planting mangroves
Group of INSEE Green Club Volunteers while planting mangroves

INSEE Cement celebrated World Environment Day this year with an innovative gesture of initiating mangrove restoration in Thalathuduwa and Kurulu Duwa Islands surrounded by the picturesque waters of Koggola Lake catchment.

This is also the location of ‘Madol Duwa’ made famous by renowned author Martin Wickremesinghe in his book that has inspired Sri Lanka’s school children for decades.

The event was graced by the presence of Rear Admiral Rohana Perera – Chairman, Marine and Environmental Protection Authority, Vidura Kariyawasam – Southern Provincial Secretary to the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Nandana Ekanayake – Chairman and CEO of INSEE Cement Sri Lanka, together with the senior officials from Central Environment Authority, Wildlife and Ocean Resource Conservation, Sri Lanka Forest Department, Marine and Environmental Protection Authority, Habaraduwa Technical College students and INSEE Green Club Volunteers that made the event a success.

“The mangrove restoration is another important step forward in INSEE Cement’s sustainability journey toward carbon offsetting. We are proud to initiate mangrove conservation that echoes our commitment to build the nation with responsibility” said Nandana Ekanayake, Chairman and CEO of INSEE Cement, Sri Lanka.

Commemorating the World Environment Day, INSEE Cement’s endeavour to find a solution was to plant 250 mangroves on the 10th of June as a pilot initiative. The Company has partnered with Wildlife and Ocean Resource Conservation (WORC) and Central Environment Authority to obtain support, monitoring and continuity of the project.

Nandana Ekanayake, added “The success of our environmental management program is largely dependent on continuous and ongoing improvement. Our efforts in this regard are driven mainly by the annual plant-level spot measurement index supported by frequent audits conducted as part of the ISO 140001 and ISO 15001 annual recertification process.”

Danushka Gamage, Project Manager of WORC said “It is most commendable of INSEE Cement to take this farsighted initiative to restore fast depleting mangroves in our island that is rich in biodiversity, yet sadly endangered due to commercialization.”

Vidura Kariyawasam, Southern Provincial Secretary to the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment commented “INSEE Cement has been engaged in several initiatives to protect the environment. Relocating the habitats of endangered species in Aruakkalu is an activity they have maintained for many years.”

As a part of its environmental conservation island-wide, the Company has been restoring deforested and degraded forests of Sri Lanka.

“Our company’s concern and focus on the need to protect and sustain the delicate balance of nature will continue, in living our commitment of Building the Nation, with Responsibility” reiterated Nandana Ekanayake, Chairman and CEO of INSEE Cement Sri Lanka.

 


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