Japan will assist in forest cover programme- Ambassador

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Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Hideaki Mizukoshi said that he would be in Sri Lanka during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, and he would invite everyone in his Embassy to participate in the ‘Nakathata Palayak’ programme on 18 April.

He also said that the Japanese Government is prepared to extend its support for the success of the programmes implemented in Sri Lanka to increase the country’s forest cover.

Minister of Environment, Mahinda Amaraweera, and the Japanese Ambassador met at the Minister’s official residence recently.

The Minister explained how Sri Lanka has planned its environmental work in accordance with the International Environmental Charter. The Minister, in particular, outlined plans to increase Sri Lanka’s forest cover to 30% by 2030, as well as programmes being implemented to achieve a carbon-free Sri Lanka.

According to the Minister, approximately one million saplings were planted in the country last year as part of the ‘Nakathata Palayak’ programme. This year, arrangements have also been made to send fruit seedlings to all embassies in Sri Lanka. The Minister stated that the first sapling would be presented to the Japanese Ambassador and Mizukoshi Hideaki was presented with a Na sapling.  (TR)