‘Asians have vital role in biodiversity conservation’ | Daily News


President at ATBC-AP confab:

‘Asians have vital role in biodiversity conservation’

President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday said the environment in many parts of the world as well as in Sri Lanka is destroyed by people who have political power as well as by racketeers.

He was speaking at the inauguration of the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation Asia-Pacific Conference (ATBC–AP) held at MAS Athena, Thulhiriya, on Monday.

President Sirisena said that maintaining a balance between human needs and environment conservation is an essential and timely need to ensure sustainable human and social existence.

He also said that people living in a tropical region like Asia have a vital role to play in the global sustainability management programme outlined for environment conservation, as the region is rich in natural resources and biodiversity, including many species of agricultural value.

A strong consensus has already been established among tropical countries on the importance of biodiversity protection. Hence, hosting this landmark event is an achievement for Sri Lanka, President Sirisena said.

He noted that a large amount of food is being contaminated by animals in Sri Lanka and said he hoped the experts at the conference would pay attention to this issue and come up with a sustainable solution.

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

President Sirisena planted a tree sapling to mark the opening of the event.

State Minister Ajith Manapperuma, Parliamentarians Thilanga Sumathipala, Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Mahaweli Development and Environment Secretary Anura Dissanayake and several other ministry secretaries, and French Ambassador Erik Lavertu were among the special invitees at the conference.

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