Presidential Task Force on Ocean Resources proposed

Sunday, 21 June 2020

The Pathfinder Foundation has recommended the appointment of a Presidential Task Force on Ocean Resources, composed of representatives from Government, academia and the private sector who are knowledgeable and experienced in the conservation of our ocean resources and their sustainable utilization.

In a statement today, the Pathfinder Foundation noted that throughout the post-independent period Sri Lanka has neglected the most valuable and accessible natural resource available to us the sea around our shores and the country’s location close to some of the world’s most important routes for sea-borne trade.

That value was recognized by the European colonists (Portugal, the Netherlands, Britain) who appreciated Sri Lanka’s location” to the full and right up to World War II when the British used it as the base for protection of their “possessions” in Asia. Until then, Sri Lanka’s strategic location brought wealth to foreign powers.