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Navy plants 1,000 mangrove saplings

Navy personnel engaged in planting mangrove saplings.
Navy personnel engaged in planting mangrove saplings.

The Sri Lanka Navy, being a prominent participant in conducting environmental conservation programmes, carried out another event to promote productive ecosystems through the plantation of mangrove saplings, a Sri Lanka Navy media release said.

The programme, in which 1,000 mangrove saplings were planted by the Navy, was conducted in the Northern Naval Command from December 2019 to January 2020. Accordingly, the most recent extension of the programme saw plantation of 300 mangrove saplings each by the SLNS Elara, Kanchadewa and Welusumana and 100 more mangrove saplings planted by the SLNS Gotaimbara in the coastal belt of the Jaffna Peninsula.

The occasion was attended by Deputy Chief of Staff and Commander Northern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Kapila Samaraweera and a host of naval personnel.

Apart from the conservation of mangrove ecosystems, the Navy has also been conducting a wide range of conservation programmes such as turtle conservation, biogas projects and coral conservation which contribute significantly to the protection of Sri Lanka’s marine and terrestrial ecosystems. These programmes are being conducted under the supervision of Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva.

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