Sinharaja Rainforest losing forest cover ?

Sinharaja Rainforest losing forest cover ?

Sinharaja Rainforest losing forest cover ?

Written by Staff Writer

25 Mar, 2021 | 7:50 pm

Colombo (News 1st); Satellite imagery of the Sinharaja forest reserve on Google Maps indicates several areas lacking forest cover.

The Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO (SLNCU) has warned the proposed agrarian tank project in Sinharaja will have an impact on approximately 04 hectares of the Sinharaj Rainforest.

Dr. Punchinilame Meegaswatte, Secretary-General of Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO (SLNCU) said the construction of a tank or a lake as proposed by the Gin – Nilwala Diversion project will directly damage the forest.

What would be the repercussions of diverting waterways near Sinharaja due to the Gin – Nilwala project?

According to the statements made by minister Chamal Rajapaksa, the project will be carried out by China.

If China constructs two reservoirs after diverting the Gin and Nilwala rivers, wouldn’t they be allowed to control the supply of water to the people in low-lying areas?

Recently, News 1st reported on China’s Water Blackmail practice that has affected several nations in the recent past.

According to a report in the Harvard International Review, the diversion of water could have grave implications for the livelihoods of almost half of the world’s population in South and Southeast Asia.

The report adds that China has established control over the rivers Brahmaputra, Irrawaddy, and Mekong rivers in the Tibetan Plateau.

Will the proposed Gin – Nilwala project, make Sri Lanka fall prey to China’s Water Blackmail approach?

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