He thanked the FAO for the assistance given to Sri Lanka and its people, especially during periods of national disasters such as floods, drought and landslides that occurred causing much damage, especially to poor farming communities, by providing them with urgently required food and provisions.He also thanked the FAO Director General for inviting him to address the opening session of the 24th Session of the Committee on Forestry and described it as a great honor to Sri Lanka, and personally to him. (Colombo Gazette) President Sirisena said that forests provide many socio-economic benefits, including food, energy and shelter, which are basic human needs and to sustain the products and services that help meet these and other needs, forests must be sustainably managed. “The agenda ahead of you is very comprehensive and challenging,” he told the international gathering.He pointed out that more than 50 percent of the land area in Sri Lanka was covered by forests two centuries ago and now the total dense forest cover of the island is estimated at 29.7 percent of the total land area of the country. He explained the programs the Government has launched to enhance it to 32 percent. President Maithripala Sirisena told a summit in Rome today that the environment is given priority in Sri Lanka.He said that mega or even medium level projects should conduct environmental impact assessments before commencing activity. Delivering the Inaugural Speech at the opening ceremony of the 24th Sessions of the Committee on Forestry, of Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome today (July 16), President Sirisena said the Committee on Forestry is the right platform for the forestry experts to share knowledge, discuss, debate and take decisions for the progressing of the global forestry sector.
Andre Fletcher in actionSt Lucia Stars 136 for 4 (Warner 42, Hemraj 37, Irfan 2-22) beat Barbados Tridents 135 for 7 (Amla 35, McCoy 2-24) by six wicketsEven though the St Lucia Stars may have one of the slimmest chances of hope to advance to the next round, they ended their preliminary round and what could also be the end to their season, with a victory over the luckless Barbados Tridents.Tridents had yet another disappointing show with the bat as they posted 135-7 at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. Stars reached 136-4 with 3.3 overs to spare to condemn the Bajan side to their fourth straight home defeat.Kieron Pollard’s side has now completed all prelim matches winning three, losing six and claiming a point from a no result. They are tied with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots for fourth with seven points but the Patriots are ahead by a superior Net Run Rate (NRR) and have two matches remaining in this round. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2018: Stars, Patriots face off tonightAugust 21, 2018In “latest news”HERO CPL 2018 VENUES AND TIMES CONFIRMEDJuly 27, 2018In “latest news”CPL 2018: Allen takes Patriots to the top as Tridents’ woes continueSeptember 5, 2018In “latest news”