11 Dec CASA signs agreement with MEPA to support ‘Beach Care-takers for Sustainable Utilisation of Beaches’
Private companies who signed the agreement with MEPA along with State Minister of Urban Development, Coast Conservation, Waste Disposal and Community Cleanliness Nalaka Godahewa and MEPA Chairperson Dharshani Lahandapura
Ceylon Association of Shipping Agents (CASA) entered into an agreement with Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) on 27 November to support the project ‘Establishment of Beach Care-takers for Sustainable Utilisation of Beaches’. During the United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Program held in December 2017 at Nairobi, Kenya, Sri Lanka joined ‘United Nations Clean Seas Campaign’ by committing measures to reduce marine pollution. In order to support the Clean Seas Campaign, MEPA initiated few activities for obtaining community participation towards prevention of marine pollution and establishing Beach Care-takers for sustainable management of beaches is one of those activities. This program was launched on 16 September 2018 at Dadalla beach. Since then, this program is in progress covering all coastal districts in the country. With this agreement CASA has undertaken to maintain a beach stretch which includes the cost of a Beach Care-taker, cleaning gear for the Beach Care-taker and an informative board which is used to create awareness. CASA is also promoting this project amongst its members so that each member will support and assist in maintaining a stretch of beach.
CASA Chairman Iqram Cuttilan signing the agreement with MEPA Chairperson Dharshani Lahandapura