The Director of International Nitrogen Management System (INMS), Prof Mark Sutton pointed out that President Maithripala Sirisena being the Minister of Environment was one of the key factors in introducing Nitrogen Management to Sri Lanka.
Addressing a press conference on Monday (Sept 9), at the Mahaweli Authority, he said that it has been recognized that there are multiple pollution threats resulting from anthropogenic reactive nitrogen with adverse effects on the terrestrial freshwater and marine environment contributing to air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Speaking at the press briefing, State Minister of Mahaweli Development, Ajith Mannapperuma stated that many tend to pay a huge deal of attention to global warming, the depletion of ozone layer, soil pollution, water pollution as well as air pollution, but recent researchers have revealed the deadly consequences if countries fail to manage Nitrogen.
Having realized this, the government of Sri Lanka along with the United Nations Environment Programme and the International Nitrogen Management System are set to launch the United Nations Global Campaign on Sustainable Nitrogen Management under the guidance of President Sirisena on October 23 and 24.
“All this time we were taking of global warming, ozone and all the other pollutants but we hardly discussed about Nitrogen as a pollutant, but the recent stats demonstrate that it is high time we take a look at this problem which is why the government and the UN are keen on Nitrogen Management,” the Secretary of Mahaweli Authority and the Ministry of Environment Anura Dissanayake stated during the press conference.
Meanwhile, the Director of International Nitrogen Management System (INMS) Mark Sutton said that Sri Lanka has all the attributes to make this programme a success. “Somebody said to me, you make progress in the environment when something starts coming together. The Scientists would say you need scientific evidence, someone else would say you need civil servants well organized and ready to go and another person would say you need political willingness. I think it is a good model here when all of this comes together. You have a President who happens to be the Minister of Environment, the civil service that is ready to go and the science team is also ready. So to me it’s a great coming together,” stated Professor Sutton.
Meanwhile, Director – International Relations of Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Deepa Liyanage said she believes that United Nations Global Campaign on Sustainable Nitrogen Management lays the foundation for this programme through which they expect to raise awareness of other countries on the Nitrogen Management while there are few more events set to be organized in order to provide more information about the importance of Nitrogen Management.