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SL has adopted balanced policies on sustainability of biodiversity, forest cover: Prez

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The Government of Sri Lanka has adopted balanced policies that promote the sustainability of biodiversity, forest cover, waterways and oceanic resources alongside the socioeconomic requirements of the citizens, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said.

The statement of the President for the Pre-COP26 virtual event on Nitrogen for Climate and Green Recovery, which was read by Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, said that sustainable environmental policies require not only environmental conservation but also improving social and economic practices so that nations can sustain their people and their natural environments in the long term.

The Full statement:

It gives me great pleasure to address you today at this preparatory high level regional e-meeting. This meeting represents a positive step towards addressing the important issue of Nitrogen Management ahead of the 26th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, hosted by the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland later this year.

Sustainable environmental policies require not only environmental conservation but also improving social and economic practices so that nations can sustain their people and their natural environments in the long term.

For its part, the Government of Sri Lanka has adopted balanced policies that promote the sustainability of our biodiversity, forest cover, waterways and oceanic resources alongside the socioeconomic requirements of our citizens. Inculcating a sense of environmental sensitivity and responsibility amongst our future generations is critically important and is included in our ongoing educational reforms.

At the Biodiversity Summit of the United Nations General Assembly last year, I made an appeal to world leaders for the better management of Nitrogen. Climate scientists have been studying and grappling with the impact of increased Carbon Dioxide emissions in the atmosphere for decades. I believe it is important to address the issue of Nitrogen waste in a similarly urgent way, and to broaden the ongoing discourse on climate change accordingly.

With agriculture comprising the primary means of livelihood for a significant section of our population, the issue of nitrogen management is particularly important to Sri Lanka. It is estimated that approximately 80% of the Nitrogen fertilizer used domestically is wasted, and ends up in the atmosphere, land, and water. Transportation and other industries also release gaseous reactive Nitrogen, which entraps heat and contributes to faster global warming.

I am aware that such issues are common to countries in our region, and that the adverse consequences of these issues will prove challenging to our Governments in the medium and long term. Improved Nitrogen management through comprehensive study, more awareness building and creating better solutions for the dual imperatives of sustaining economic activity and the environment is therefore of critical importance. Such actions need to be guided by timely policy decisions not just at the national level, but also regionally and globally.

I am confident that the deliberation of this forum will help bring together the Governments of the South Asian region towards a common understanding on this issue. This will in turn have a positive impact on the decisions arrived at during the 26th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change later this year. In concluding, I convey my best wishes to you for a successful and productive forum.

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  • Mohan Saturday, 01 May 2021 03:56 PM

    That’s what you should say on April First not May first

    හික් Saturday, 01 May 2021 03:58 PM

    cAN hE uNDERSTAND wHAT hE sAYS?????

    Ram Saturday, 01 May 2021 06:21 PM

    Prez should not make these statements as more statements he make his credibility deteriorate further

    Ram Saturday, 01 May 2021 06:21 PM

    Prez should not make these statements as more statements he make his credibility deteriorate further

    Ram Saturday, 01 May 2021 06:22 PM

    Prez should not make these statements as more statements he make his credibility deteriorate further

    Ram Saturday, 01 May 2021 06:22 PM

    Prez should not make these statements as more statements he make his credibility deteriorate further

    Ram Saturday, 01 May 2021 06:28 PM

    Prez should not make these statements as more statements he make his credibility deteriorate further

    Lumbini Saturday, 01 May 2021 07:05 PM

    Looks like another story.

    vithura Saturday, 01 May 2021 07:14 PM

    A statement written by somebody on behalf of somebody and read out by somebody else!

    Ramesh Saturday, 01 May 2021 07:34 PM

    Is this something like "democratic Republic of Sri Lanka" - where we don't have democracy or Republic status.

    Roger Halliday Saturday, 01 May 2021 07:44 PM

    what rubbish. though the majority voted for you the sensible country loving people would never axpect any good from you and the corrupt politicians.

    K.L Pathirana Sunday, 02 May 2021 08:19 AM

    He is reading something constructed by a third party without having an understanding of what he says. This will make him a lair in the eyes of people who understand the subject matter. A true report of balanced policies that promote the sustainability of biodiversity would have a single paragraph only.

    Mithula Sunday, 02 May 2021 11:36 AM

    You have no plan or direction for Srilanka. You have created a lot of issues during the past 2 years.Now you will create a massive food shortage by banning fertilizer.Thank you for your saubagya proposal.You have set us back another 10 years ! I hope you retire soon and go back to America


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