UK High Commission To Support Mangrove Research Lab

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British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Mrs. Sarah Hulton has agreed to set up a mangrove laboratory for the first time here in Sri Lanka, Ministry of Environment said. The British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Mrs. Sarah Hulton has agreed to support the establishment of a mangrove laboratory for the first time in Sri Lanka, said Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Environment.

Earlier Last week, a mangrove planting programme was held in the Anavilundawa Lagoon area in Puttalam, where she expressed her support.Dr. Jasinghe said the Secretary said that Sri Lanka has an agreement with the Commonwealth for the promotion of mangroves and will take all necessary steps to maximize the potential of Sri Lanka for mangroves. He noted although some parties have stated that there are contradictions between the shrimp industry and mangroves, they have pointed out in discussions with the fishing community that the mangrove lagoon environment contributes to high quality prawn breeding. He also said that plans are underway develop the Anavilundawa Lagoon area as a green zone as the Kalpitiya area is a popular tourist destination for both local and foreign tourists. It is understood mangrove research laboratory will be set up in the Anavilundawa area and will be used by university students as well as local and foreign tourists to enhance their knowledge about mangroves as well as to attract tourists.

According to recent observations, various plastic wastes dumped off the Indian coast have been found to be floating in the sea off the coasts of Puttalam, Kalpitiya and Anavilundawa lagoons, and the British High Commission in Sri Lanka has been tasked with implementing specific measures to prevent this situation. Dr. Anil Jasinghe stated that discussions are underway caption: Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Environment presents a paper on mangroves to the Mrs.Sarah Hulton,  British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka,