Written by Lahiru Fernando
18 May, 2015 | 11:02 pm
The Forest Conservation Department has taken steps to place permanent boundary markers demarcating the Wilpattu National Park. The Department notes that this action was initiated after taking into consideration the destruction that has been taking place in the northern area of the Wilpattu Forest.
Conservator General of Forests Anura Sathurusinghe stated that the forest has been cleared illegally for resettlement purposes and that it has been taking place as there was no proper boundary line. He noted that it is a very sensitive environment and social issue.
Meanwhile, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment Nihal Rupesinghe noted that discussions are due to be held with the President within the next two weeks and a final decision will be taken with regard to the matter. A report on the clearing of forest land is being compiled as per the instructions of the President.
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