The ceremony “Presidential Environmental Awards – 2016” was organized by the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) in line with the official opening ceremony of “Sri Lanka NEXT – A Blue Green Era” Conference and 5th Asia Pasific Climate Change Adaptation Forum organized by the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment. This grand event held at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMIC) on 18th October 2016 under the distinguished patronage of His Excellency Maithreepala Sirisena, the President of the Democratic, Socialist, Republic of Sri Lanka as the chief guest.
Hon. Anuradha Jayarathne Deputy Minister, Ministry of Mahaveli Development & Environment, Political Leadership including State Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Mr. Udaya R. Senevirathne, Secretary of the Ministry of Mahaveli Development & Environment, Prof. Lal Mervin Darmasiri Chairman of CEA, Senior Management of Mahaweli Development & Environment and the CEA, Industrialist, Government Officers, Local Authorities, Hospitals, School, Private sectors & other distinguished Invitees also participated.
The winners were awarded by His Excellency the President under five major sectors, namely National Green Awards, National Green Reporting System, “Haritha Daruwo”, Presidential Bagdes awarding for the Environmental Pioneers and Presidential Environmental Awards.
Under the special title “ Harithabimani” most veteran personals who gave their contribution for the conservation and protection of the environment were awarded at this ceremony.