Christine Burke
Christine Burke April 22, 2018

Earth Day 2018: Ansell Bio-link Project Sponsors an Awareness Program for School Children in Sri Lanka

Each year on April 22, more than 1 billion people in 192 countries worldwide celebrate Earth Day. This observance serves to reminds people to protect our environment and keep the earth healthy and green. Learn more about the Ansell Bio-Link program, and the role Ansell is playing to improve the environment as part of our CSR program. 

Ansell, in conjunction with The Carbon Consulting Company, launched an agroforestry project in October 2017 to create a biodiversity corridor connecting Haycock and Dunawala, two separate and protected rainforests in the southern region of Sri Lanka. The Ansell Bio-Link, as the project is called, will become Sri Lanka's first forestry project to be certified under this standard and also the country's first carbon insetting project, a carbon emissions reduction methodology.

In March, teams from Ansell and The Carbon Consulting Company (CCC) spent a day with approximately 100 students from the Neluwa National School and Thawalama Vidyaraja Vidyalaya.The lively and interactive session was concluded with the planting of the first group of trees (Kumbuk – Terminalia arjuna) for the Ansell Bio-Link by students and members of the Ansell EHS & Risk Management and Global Engineering teams based at Ansell Lanka and Ansell Textiles Lanka.

Representing Ansell at the school planting event were: Artha Salgado - Senior Manager, EHS & Risk Management, Sri Lanka & India, Dayan Gunawardena - Sr Manager, Global Engineering, Ruwan Gunawardena - Sr Manager, EH&S Ansell Lanka, Devinda Herath - Sr Specialist, EH&S Ansell Lanka, and Dilantha Warnasooriya - Sr Specialist, EH&S ATL. 

Following the school program, 2,000 saplings were distributed throughout the area for planting which will take place in early May. One thousand trees will be planted each year afterwards, for a minimum of five years. The species of trees planted within the Ansell Bio-Link will be predominantly native and endemic rainforest trees.

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