The government is planning to bring in stringent regulations to protect country's forests and native vegetation, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa has said.
The Minister said that it will be ideal to set up a green forest in each village under the agricultural development programs, Divi Neguma and Gama Neguma.
Minister Rajapaksa, addressing an awareness workshop on climate change organized by the UNDP for state officials attached to the Divi Neguma and Gama Neguma programs at the Mt. Lavinia Hotel recently, said that the government hopes to create a forest in each village so that future generations would stand to benefit.
"The government is striving hard to protect and enhance the country's natural environment system. It appreciated the warnings offered by the UNDP about climatic changes in the country, which have increased in recent times. We are duty bound to protect the environment," Minister Rajapaksa has said.
"Through the Divi Neguma and Gama Neguma we provided facilities to the people to ensure food security. We cannot stop climate change; we are however building an environment friendly agricultural industry," the Minister has assured.