Sada­haritha marks Ozone Day

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The In­ter­na­tional Day for the Preser­va­tion of the Ozone Layer falls on Satur­day, Septem­ber 16 and Sada­haritha Plan­ta­tions, as the leader in the busi­ness of com­mer­cial forestry will com­mem­o­rate the oc­ca­sion by invit­ing the na­tion to join hands with them and con­trib­ute to mak­ing our planet green and fer­tile.

Af­foresta­tion is a cost-ef­fec­tive way of re­duc­ing green­house gas emis­sions that en­dan­ger the frag­ile shield of gas pro­tect­ing the Earth from harm­ful ul­tra­vi­o­let rays of the sun. With­out this del­i­cate Ozone Layer, life will not ex­ist on the planet. The date com­mem­o­rates the 1987 sign­ing of the Mon­treal Pro­to­col on sub­stances that de­plete the Ozone Layer.

This year the theme is “Ozone Layer Pro­tec­tion: The mis­sion goes on.”con­trolled use of ozone-de­plet­ing sub­stances has contributed sig­nif­i­cantly to global ef­forts to address cli­mate change, pro­tect­ing the planet’s ecosys­tems for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

The Chair­man of Sada­haritha, Sathish Navarathna ex­plained “Our Com­pany has over 2000 acres of forestry and our busi­ness has thrived for 15 years where we grow San­dal­wood, Teak, Ma­hogany, Rambu­tan and most im­por­tantly Agar­wood that has great po­ten­tial to earn for­eign ex­change for the coun­try. Over 26,000 cus­tomers have in­vested in our com­mer­cial forestry and

Printed and pub­lished by Wi­jeya News­pa­pers Ltd. on Thurs­day Septem­ber 14, 2017 at No. 8, Hunupi­tiya Cross Road, Colombo 02 are con­tribut­ing to re­duc­ing green­house car­bon emis­sion di­rectly. As a re­spon­si­ble and eth­i­cal busi­ness or­ga­ni­za­tion, we al­ways value the con­cept of peo­ple, planet and profit which will lead us into a sus­tain­able fu­ture for us and our prog­eny.”

One way some trop­i­cal coun­tries are re­duc­ing de­for­esta­tion is through par­tic­i­pa­tion in the United Na­tions’ Re­duc­ing Emis­sions from De­for­esta­tion and For­est Degra­da­tion (REDD) pro­gramme. REDD es­sen­tially works to es­tab­lish in­cen­tives for the peo­ple who care for the for­est to man­age it sus­tain­ably while still be­ing able to ben­e­fit eco­nom­i­cally.

Ef­forts of Sada­haritha to cul­ti­vate com­mer­cial forestry are a good ex­am­ple. The Com­pany has pro­vided ei­ther em­ploy­ment or in­come gen­er­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to nearly one thou­sand vil­lagers liv­ing in ar­eas close to Sada­haritha forestry projects in the low coun­try wet zone ar­eas.

“Our ef­forts are not re­stricted to a spe­cial day or two, but through­out we prac­tice eco friendly habits. The fu­ture of busi­ness or­ga­ni­za­tions lies upon how well they re­spond to pre­serv­ing the en­vi­ron­ment within their op­er­a­tions. While many other com­pa­nies are striv­ing to do this, we are al­ready there” Navarathna fur­ther added.

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