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Forest density reduced from 85% to 16.5%

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Colombo, April 15: As country is facing extreme weather this year, Dr Ravindra Kariyawasam (Center for Environment & Nature Studies) explains that forest density which was 82% in 1882 has come down to 16.5% in 2019. In a time frame of 137 years country has witnessed 65.5% deforestation in name of development, construction of major dams and highways, and urbanization. 

Country was placed 4th highest deforestation rate by World Food and Health Organization. Environmentalist Sajiwa Chamikara said that while Sri Lanka’s deforestation has reached an alarming level, mass development projects and urbanization is set to increase. “Wetlands in the country are being degraded. So we further advice, to pay more attention to turn to methods which would safeguard the environment,” he added.

Projects causing most of the environmental damage are-

  • Agricultural projects
  • Multi-purpose irrigational projects
  • Tourism projects
  • Power generation projects
  • Industrial projects
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