INSEE Cement to launch next phase

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INSEE Cement has successfully completed the first phase of its Puttalam Mangrove Restoration Project, covering an area of two hectares along the Searakkuliya Lagoon in Aruwakkalu. Following its successful completion, INSEE Cement has scheduled the next phase of the project to kick start in June in Galle, aiming to restore one more hectare of mangrove forests in the district.

This co-existence of INSEE Cement facilities with their surrounding land and water ecosystems over the years has paved way for Biodiversity and Water to be key pillars of the INSEE Sustainability Ambition 2030. It is a comprehensive, long-term and group-wide strategy that ensures the company aligns with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and other global and industrial objectives to balance social, economic and environmental sustainability. Biodiversity and Water are crucial pillars of the INSEE Sustainability Ambition 2030, as it aims to generate a Net Positive Impact (NPI) on biodiversity by minimising and offsetting the environmental impact from INSEE Cement’s quarrying in accordance with local regulations through ecological restoration.

Mangrove forests create critical habitat at the land-sea interface; they are highly productive ecosystems that provide food, breeding grounds and nursery sites for a variety of terrestrial and marine organisms, including many commercial species and juvenile reef fish. More importantly, mangroves sequester carbon four times more than trees, and provide more than 10% of essential organic carbon to the global oceans. While the extent of mangrove coverage in Sri Lanka is believed to have been over 15,000 hectares, approximately 25% of mangrove habitats are estimated to have been destroyed between 1980 and 2005. Almost 3,000 hectares of mangrove forests have been recorded lost in the Puttalam District alone due to the expansion of aquaculture.