The President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, inaugurated Dilmah Conservation’s One Earth Urban Arboretum at the Dilmah Conservation Sustainable Agriculture Research Center in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. In the capacity of Minister for the Environment, President Sirisena has been a strong advocate of environmental protection. He was joined by Dilmah Founder, Merrill J. Fernando, who shares the same commitment to environmental conservation, in declaring open Sri Lanka’s first ever urban arboretum.
One Earth features over 500 diverse species of flora, as well as a model irrigation tank (reservoir), a paddy field, a traditional agriculture and household resource centre and a traditional tree hut. Dilmah Conservation intends for One Earth to foster a love and respect of trees and the forests, among Sri Lanka’s urban population, through a better understanding of their immeasurable value to human life and thereby promote the protection and expansion of Sri Lanka’s urban forests. Additionally, One Earth hopes to enlighten visitors on the unique agricultural features that are specific to Sri Lanka and to demonstrate how the ancestors of Sri Lanka always prioritized the environment.