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Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 08.59 GMT

South Asian environmental forum launched in Sri Lanka


The fifteenth Nature-Human Centric People to People Movement of SAARC was launched in Battaramulla today.

"Sri Lanka, with its long tradition of a Buddhist civilization and an agricultural society that gave importance to the protection of nature and the environment, is a most suitable location for this conference, which will be able to draw much from our historical and cultural traditions towards resolving the problems of the world today, Similarly, the other members of the SAARC too will be able to make valuable contributions from their own rich traditions of agriculture, forestry and habitat protection. It is also necessary to understand new technologies and advances in science that do not discard the valuable lessons of the past, on living with and not against nature," President Mahinda Rajapaksa said in a message to mark the event.

More than 100 foreign and 200 local delegates comprising environmentalists, people's representatives and political activists are expected to participate in the forum.

The forum is convened by the Ministry of National Language and Social Integration under the direction of Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara.

At a time when invention of the computer, the internet, mobile phones, electronic mail, satellite communication and other inventions which can be identified as miracles of science and technology, and items/services very close to the "heart of the people", we have fallen into difficulties in using the limited natural resources gifted to us by nature. Minister Nanayakkara said.




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