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Mangrove planting initiative launched in Waikkala Lagoon to conserve coastal ecosystems

June 11, Colombo (LNW): The Sri Lanka Navy, in collaboration with DFCC Bank, initiated a mangrove planting project in the Waikkala Lagoon of Negombo on June 07, coinciding with World Environment Day.

This endeavour forms a part of the Navy’s continual efforts towards coastal and marine ecosystem conservation.

With a dedicated focus on preserving mangrove ecosystems, the Sri Lanka Navy actively engages in environmental conservation initiatives.

These endeavours play a crucial role in sustaining biodiversity and safeguarding the coastal environment.

Mangroves offer various ecological advantages, such as coastal erosion prevention, efficient carbon dioxide absorption, air purification, and mitigation of global warming.

Additionally, they act as essential natural breeding grounds for fish. To ensure the long-term protection of mangrove ecosystems, the Sri Lanka Navy has initiated a mangrove conservation project, involving the plantation of mangroves along rivers, estuaries, and lagoons.

The latest phase of this project was carried out by SLNS Kelani of the Western Naval Command, in collaboration with DFCC Bank.

The initiative involved the planting of 400 mangrove saplings in the Waikkala Lagoon.

Present at the event were Captain Tharanga Jayasuriya, Commanding Officer of SLNS Kelani, staff members from DFCC Bank, lecturers from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, university students, representatives from the Department of Coast Conservation, officers from Wennappuwa Police Station, as well as officers and sailors from SLNS Kelani.

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