|Monday, 13 September 2004|
by Florence Wickramage
A nation-wide Tree Planting campaign will be launched on October 15 to mark the Tree Planting month declared by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. One million trees will be planted countrywide including the North and the East, Environment and Natural Resources Minister A.H.M.Fowzie said.
The theme for this year's tree planting campaign will be "A Greener Sri Lanka" and the policy of "Plant a Tree Before you Fell a Tree" will be strictly enforced.The Minister said during the past three decades nearly three million trees have been felled without any concern for the consequences.
Tree planting campaigns undertaken in the past have failed due to the lack of aftercare of the trees to ensure their full growth. Trees had been planted in drought seasons too.
Fowzie said the Ministry will seek public cooperation to make the campaign a success. Every inch of bare land available will be made use of. Trees will be planted in school gardens, police areas, home gardens and places of religious worship.
Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Members of Parliament, Chief Ministers, Provincial Councillors and Chairmen of Pradeshiya Sabhas will lead the campaign in their respective electorate areas. Fowzie said some Tamil Members of Parliament from the North have already shown interest in the tree planting campaign and have requested plants.
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