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Praveen Gopallawa

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Deforestation in SriLanka
Feb 14, 2010

Deforestation is one of the most serious environmental issues in Sri Lanka. In the 1920s, the island had a 49 percent forest cover but by 2005 this had fallen by approximately 20 percent....this is catastrophic.....Do u know that Between 1990 and 2000, Sri Lanka lost an average of 26,800 ha of forests per year. This is a grave problem and the Government declared this as a national heritage site as well.....This amounts to 1.14 percent of average annual deforestation rate. Between 2000 and 2005 rate accelerated to 1.43 percent per annum. Illegal cutting down of trees for purposes is the main cause of this........However with a long history of policy and laws towards environmental protection, deforestation rates of primary cover have actually decreased 35percent since the end of the 1990s thanks to a strong history of conservation measures. The problem of deforestation in Sri Lanka is not as significant in the southern mountainous regions as it is in northern Sri Lanka, largely due to the nature of environmental protection. But steps should be fast taken to combat this issue...

IT could deffinetly be used to aware people to safeguard this world heritage...

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Re: Deforestation in SriLanka
Feb 14, 2010

according to last research of peradeniya university only 16 percent of the land is occupied by forests ..........


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Praveen Gopallawa

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Re: Deforestation in SriLanka
Feb 14, 2010

yea it is certainly a fact that should be taken into concideration...afterall srilanka is a very green country and deforesting could have an impact on our country


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Re: Deforestation in SriLanka
Feb 17, 2010

The government should take deforestation seriously, because Sri Lanka has a high bio diversity. We have nearly the same amount of animals as India even though Sri Lanka is usch a small country.
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Re: Deforestation in SriLanka
Feb 17, 2010

It takes only seconds to cut a tree down but it takes years for a tree to grow......the value of forests are currently felt more than at any other time before along with today's burning problems such as air pollution,green house effect etc.

Sri Lanka which is a bio diversity hot spot cannot be left to get ruined. Therefore the authorities should be more active to punish the culprits...... afforestation projects must be initiated with government and private sector assistance and people should be taught to love nature if we are to get over this disaster.


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Re: Deforestation in SriLanka
Feb 17, 2010

I whole heartedly agree coz sri lanka being a country with a high bio diversity and also sri Lanka being a haven for many migrant birds and other species...and hence Sri Lanka should definetly be protected...

Coz after all srilanka is an extremely green country where the soil is extremely fertile and is an extremely favourable for species to live...hence keen attention should be paid to forest reserves..

Strict action should be taken on people who deforest ...


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Re: Deforestation in SriLanka
Feb 17, 2010

Thats true bro i agree with you....


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Deforestation in SriLanka
Apr 27, 2010

Deforestation is considered as a major environmental issue in Sri Lanka. Forest cover has decreased from 44% in 1956 to just over 22% at present while in the biodiversity rich wet lowlands it is only 3% of the land area. The annual rate of deforestation is estimated to be about 3%.

Over the past 15 years, Sri Lanka has had one of the highest deforestation rates of primary forests in the world. In that period the country lost more than 35 percent of its old-growth forest cover. Since 1990s, deforestation rates have increased by more than 25 percent.



This post was edited on: 2010-04-27 at 10:02 AM by: VInu Wijesundara [quote]

This post was edited on: 2010-04-27 at 10:06 AM by: VInu Wijesundara


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Re: Deforestation in SriLanka
Mar 21, 2011

I just got back from Sri Lanka about a week and a half ago, was there with some friends, and we took a trip through some of the heavily deforested areas. It was an awful sight.

There are miles of bare land and remnants of dead trees, etc. Its such a beautiful place but such a shame that all of this is going, it needs to be stopped.


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