About 1200 plants including mangroves were planted along the Panama lagoon and the adjoining areas by Naval troops during a tree planting campaign carried out on Monday (Dec 27).
According to Navy media sources, Naval troops had planted around 500 mangrove plants along the shores of the Panama lagoon and about 700 ‘Thimbiri’, ‘Mee’, ‘Kumbuk’, ‘Koon’ and ‘Naa’ saplings in land areas of Panama.
The programme was carried out under the patronage of Commander Southeastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Pradeep Rathnayake as a part of Navy’s environment conservation programme, it says.
Meanwhile, Naval troops in Talaimannar carried out a beach cleaning programme in the coastal stretch from Urumalai to Talaimannar on Sunday (Dec 26). The programme was carried out with the intention to improve the coastal and ocean ecosystem by removing plastic and solid wastes getting collected in the coastline, it says.
The programme was conducted under the guidance of Commander North Central Naval Area, Rear Admiral Bandula Senarathna.
Both programmes were held in keeping with COVID-19 health protocols, it further says.