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3 acres of forest destroyed daily in the last 2 months!

Three acres of forest land has been cleared each day during the previous two months, National Coordinator for Centre for Environmental and Nature Studies (CENS) – Ravindra Kariyawasam says.

Mr. Kariyawasam further warns that if the president does not take measures to put a stop to this massive forest destruction, the forest cover of the country could be deeply impacted.

Speaking on the recent environmental disasters in the areas of Anavilundawa and Wanathavilluwa, Mr. Kariyawasam said that many valuable trees were destroyed.


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Fighting Deforestation in Sri Lanka

By Savithri Sellapperumage Courtesy The Diplomat

Can Sri Lanka live up to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s environmental commitments?

The focus on Sri Lanka’s deforestation and the conservation of forests this year can be traced back to widespread discussions about deforestation in Wilpattu  National Park back in 2019. Deforestation in Wanathawillu, Anawilundawa and Sinharaja has been the recent focus of discussion. However, reports of more deforestation and illegal commercial or developmental projects have been reported from many parts of the country. Since then, the topic has become affiliated with politics and certain political figures. The blame game has advanced amid the lack of political authority.

The forest cover of Sri Lanka in 2019 was reported to be 16.5 percent, down fro...

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Red Alert by Mother Nature : “SL forest density reduced from 85% to 16.5%”

Red Alert by Mother Nature : “SL forest density reduced from 85% to 16.5%”

According to Dr Ravindra Kariyawasam (Center for Environment & Nature Studies), Sri Lanka had a forest density of 82% in 1882. Fast forward to 2019, Sri Lanka’s forest density stands at a shocking 16.5%!

The people of Sri Lanka cut down 65.5% of the forests in a span of 137 years. Dr Kariyawasam says that this, maybe, due to the rise in population, development, construction of major dams and highways, and urbanization.

“The World Food and Health Organization ranked Sri Lanka as the 4th country with the highest rate of deforestation by 2010. We are holding the same position even now.” – he added.

Against such a backdrop where we are limited to mere terms as “Sustainable development” and “Green econom...

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Wanathawilluwa forest clearance: Whodunit?

NWPEA to file legal action Environmentalists claim that officials have turned a blind eye Nobody arrested yet Enough legal provisions in place to sue the responsible party Days after the Anawilundawa Ramsar Wetland, situated in Puttalam District, made headlines over an illegal clearance, nearly 100 acres of forest area was reportedly destroyed in Kuratiyamohotte area in Eluwankulama, Wanathawilluwa, also in the Puttalam District. With the absence of a responsible party who claims to have done the destruction it makes Sri Lanka’s rich biodiversity more vulnerable to damage. In fact Sri Lanka’s dry zone occupies three-quarters of the island. Therefore environmentalists claim that protecting dry zone forests is particularly important...

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Sinharaja’s Downfall: Paradise Paved in Asphalt

By Ranmini Gunasekara 

There are places on Earth that hold outstanding universal value to humanity – these are named World Heritage Sites and protected for the benefit of generations to come. One such World Heritage Site is the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, one of the last remaining virgin rainforests in Sri Lanka, which is home to over 60 per cent of the country’s endemic flora and fauna.

However, this virgin rainforest and its treasure-trove of species have come under numerous threats in the past decades, as selfish individuals and Governments alike try to stake their claim to this ecosystem under the guise of ‘development’.

The most recent of these ‘developments’ to cause outrage amongst environmentalists and enthusiasts alike was the construction of a road from the village of Lank...

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UNESCO urged to interfere to halt illegal road construction inside Sinharaja Forest

The Centre for Environmental and Nature Studies of Sri Lanka (CENS) has filed a complaint with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on the illegal construction of a road inside the Sinharaja World Heritage Site.

In a letter to the UNESCO, the National Coordinator for CENS Ravindra Kariyawasam said the road construction work goes on buffer zone and inside the Sinharaja world heritage site in the Lankagama area to Deniyaya.

The construction commenced on 10 August by engineering personnel from the Sri Lanka Army on behalf of the Sri Lankan government.

The construction is reportedly a project that was launched in 2013 which was halted by UNESCO in the same year following a complaint filed by the CENS.

Despite a group of environmentalists informing the S...

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A Fight against medical hazard in Dodamgoda Sri Lanka


Medical wastes are deposited in to  Dodamagoda Nahinna area  by a Private hospital .  Environment pollution occurred in the area and drinking water has been polluted.    Layer Nuwan Bopage and Ven: Wekadwala Rahula Thero involved to aware people in the area about impact of the medical waste.

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National Housing Development Authority destroys a forest to build a housing complex

71579884_1321145074728188_5047394597882298368_n 71758264_2122905401337013_5125167264382844928_nNational Housing Development Authority destroys a forest to build a housing complex  in Ballapura village in Hambantota , Sri Lanka. This forest belongs to the protected area of HT 28 Lake .The lake is ancient and important for villages of Ballagaswewa .   208 famers take water from the lake for their paddy and Chena cultivation.  Hambanthota is a dry area in the Country and it is subjected to water scarcity.   This green belt of forest helps to conserve the water in the dry season.  While destroying forest National Housing Development Authority destroys also the lake and its biodiversity.  After 2005, National Physical Plane has accelerated in Hamabantota area and destroyed many forest cover.


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The death of seventh elephant In Sri Lanka

Today Center for Environment and Nature studies held a press conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka (08.10.2019).bope  The conference concerned about the in Hiriwadunna area. Environmentalist, Ven Wekadawala Rahula thero said there are no proper investigation about this incident .Responsibility has been taken by the Wild Life department .But, it is not enough because have to explain the reasons why so many elephants die in the same day. Government maintains it as a mystery. During the press conference, High court layers Nuwan Bopage explained how wild life department and Government of Sri Lanka try to hide this incident as it happened several time before.

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