The Sri Lanka Water Partnership (SLWP) celebrated World Environment Day 2015 on Friday 5 June with a tree planting ceremony at the Biodiversity Study Park in Talawatugoda.

Ranjith Ratnayake, Country Co-ordinator, Sri Lanka Water Partnership, plants a tree at the Biodiversity Study Park in Talawatugoda (photo: Renuka Jeya Raj/IWMI).

About 15 fruit trees including mango, kumbuk and mee, were planted as an initial step. SLWP was partnered by the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation in this event, in which IWMI also participated. “We strongly support catchment and river bank conservation. World Environment Day gave us the opportunity to actively promote this commitment,” said Ranjith Ratnayake, Country Coordinator, SLWP.

SLWP also organized tree planting campaigns simultaneously with their partner organizations in five other locations: in Deduru Oya

Planting trees in Balana to mark World Environment Day
Planting trees in Balana, Kandy, to mark World Environment Day (photo: Lalith Seneviratne, Lion’s Club of Pilimatalawa).

with the Deduru Oya Area Water Partnership in Gatalawa, Bingiriya; at the Historic Balana Fort, Kandy, with NetWater and the Lions Club, Pilimatalawe; in Gin Ganga with the Department of Irrigation; in the Nilwala Ganga, Matara with the Nilawala Area Water Partnership; and at the Deniyaya Composting Project with the Deniyaya Pradeshiya Saba.

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