Sri Lanka was the venue for the international convention of the Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation.
To offset the carbon footprint of the international confab, 500 trees were planted at the venue – the sprawling complex belonging to MAS, one of the island’s leading garment brands. The ceremony was inaugurated by Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena planting the first tree
Geo Action undertook the task of sourcing out and delivering 500 plants. Plants will be cared for by MAS as they are planted in their sprawling complex in Thulhiriya, about 75kms north of Colombo.
Special thanks to Telesonic and Midea, the consumer electronics giants for making it possible!
Mee, Butter cup or Mahua, Madhuca Longifolia (Koenig) is a large, shady, deciduous tree, both wild and cultivated. It is a geographically and economically valuable tree that grows throughout Sri Lanka.
Na, or Iron Wood, Mesua Ferrea is the national tree of Sri Lanka. The slow-growing tree is known for is heavy and strong woody characteristic and enjoy the company of rivers and streams.
The Hora tree (Dipterocarpus zeylanicus) is an endemic tall canopy tree native to the Rainforests of Sri Lanka and listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The wood-apple, Feronia limonia Swingle is the only species of its genus, in the family Rutaceae. It is a much loved fruit enjoyed both by humans and animals.
Beli, Aegle marmelos L., also known as bael (or bili or bhel), is a species of tree native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The green belli fruit with a hard shell that turns yellow when ripe is has been used by people over centuries for keeping healthy and well.
Burutha, Chloroxylon swietenia , the Ceylon satinwood or East Indian satinwood, is a tropical hardwood and is also considered a cash crop due its extensive use as timber.