Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the leading ICT solutions provider in the country and responsible corporate citizen, launched its calendar for the year 2016 under the theme ‘Wild Fruits of Sri Lanka’. The calendar was launched during a special event held on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at the SLT premises in Fort Colombo., Senior Lecturer of the Zoology Department at the University of Colombo Prof. Devaka Weerakoon, former Deputy Director of Customs – Biodiversity, Cultural and National Heritage Protection Division Samantha Gunasekara and Senior Environmental Lawyer Jagath Gunawardana also graced the event and encouraged those present on the importance of environmental conservation, and preserving wild fruits in particular.
For several years, the company has gained the reputation for producing calendars and complimentary items that provide a gamut of rich educational content for students and the general public alike.
Speaking at the launch, SLT Chairman P.G. Kumarasinghe Sirisena said, “It is a growing concern that the value of wild fruits have not been clearly understood or have been forgotten over the years. Wild fruits are becoming increasingly rare mainly due to destruction of their natural habitats and also due to the degeneration of indigenous knowledge concerning wild fruits, their harvesting techniques and preparation. So this is why we decided to base our 2016 Calendar on the theme ‘Wild Fruits of Sri Lanka’ because the first step to conservation is educating the public.