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Sri Lanka recognized as a world flagship for mangrove restoration

02 Mar 2024 - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}      

  • Sri Lanka emphasizes the need for climate justice, especially for vulnerable nations  

Sri  Lanka has been recognized as a world flagship for mangrove restoration  at the 6th session of the UN environmental assembly, Presidential Advisor on  Environment Ruwan Wijewardene said yesterday.   
“Sri Lanka emerged as a beacon of hope and a global  exemplar in mangrove restoration efforts. Recognized with a prestigious  award, Sri Lanka’s commitment to preserving and rejuvenating mangrove  ecosystems stands as a testament to proactive environmental stewardship  on the world stage,” a statement from Mr. Wijewardene said.   

He said Sri Lanka also believes in the tropical belt initiative,  which involves 143 countries which own the majority of the world’s forests.  “Climate battle should be fought hard on behalf of the future  generations,” he also said.    Addressing the session Mr. Wijewardene stressed the need  for climate justice and stressed that it is essential for the resilience  of economically and environmentally vulnerable nations. “We support  this move as a country that believes in natural capital,” he said.   

The agenda of the 6th UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-6) was  forging multilateral cooperation in addressing the triple planetary  crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. With a  robust foundation in scientific research, political commitment, and  societal engagement, the Assembly serves as a pivotal forum for  governmental bodies, civil society organizations, scientific  communities, and private sectors to shape comprehensive environmental  policies. As the sole universal membership forum dedicated to  environmental issues, UNEA offers an unparalleled platform for bold  initiatives and innovative strategies aimed at collective environmental  stewardship. Through UNEA-6, global efforts align to advance the  Sustainable Development Goals, fostering a sustainable future for  generations to come.