Navy exhibits its innate passion for beach cleaning and mangrove plantation

Sri Lanka Navy conducted yet another mangrove plantation programme and beach cleaning drive in the Northern and Southern Naval Commands on 25th and 26th July 2020.

Having committed to ensure the sustainability of the mangrove ecosystem, the Navy embarked into a new episode in parallel to the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem 2020, by launching a mangrove plantation programme at navy-manned mangrove conservation site at Ponnalai Lagoon. The event that saw the plantation of about 400 mangrove saplings was participated by a number of officers and sailors attached to the Northern Naval Command.

Showing its innate passion for the cleanliness of the country's coastal belt, the Northern and Southern Naval Commands also organized several beach clean-up drives on 25th and 26th July 2020. Accordingly, naval personnel attached to the Northern Naval Command carried out cleaning activities covering Kankesanthurei harbour beachside, Kovilan beach, Mankumban beach, Vinayasod Fishing harbor beachside, Mawalithurei beach, Wallan beach, Sambilthurai beach and Vettilakerni beach. Meanwhile, naval personnel of Southern Naval Command volunteered to restore the attractiveness of the beachside of Galle Fort as well as Gintota and Hambantota beaches.

Further, all these programmes were held in conformity with the health guidelines and measures that have been stipulated to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Since clean beaches and healthy mangrove-ecosystems are indicators of the environmental quality and sustainable development of a country, the Navy will continue to engage in similar programmes in the future as well.