Sri Lanka: new measures against deforestation

A ban on chainsaw imports and new sawmills. These are the new measures that the President of Sri Lanka has decided to take in an effort to protect the country's forests.

To fight deforestation, the Sri Lankan president forbids the import of chainsaws

Chainsaw imports and new sawmills have been banned in Sri Lanka to halt the mass deforestation affecting the country. President Maithripala Sirisena has just announced the adoption of these measures.

Every year, the forest in Sri Lanka shrinks by about 1.5%. The excessive exploitation of wood threatens biodiversity and affects water resources. The current president has made fighting this problem a priority. In early 2019, to fight this trafficking, officials required users of chainsaws to declare them to the police. The result: 82,000 reported in 3 weeks.

Now, the government has banned the import of new chainsaws without specifying whether the ones already in the country would be affected. In another development, sawmill owners will receive help to switch to a new trade. At the same time, the country encourages the planting of forests. The goal is to increase Sri Lanka’s forest cover by 14%.

06/13/2019 10:22 AMupdated: 06/13/2019 4:19 PM


  • Chaminda K.
    06/30/2019 16:21

    ඕකට පිස්සු. හෙට අනිද්දට කියයි මැෂින් ගෙනාවට කමක් නෑ පැල ඉන්දන උන් හිරේ දාන්න ඕන කියලා. එහෙව් ඩයල් එක....

  • Ritin K.
    06/30/2019 06:37

    Should implement in fiji too

  • Sudi A.
    06/25/2019 01:44

    Akhirnya cuaca ndak karuan2.. banjir bandang menghancurkan semuanya..banjir ber-hari2.. kerugian negara jauh dari keuntungannya..

  • Rusyana P.
    06/24/2019 12:19


  • Purushottam K.
    06/22/2019 05:40

    Great job

  • Rahul C.
    06/21/2019 21:52

    Better take all SriLankans from Fiji and teach them how to planting if trees rather eating our share of money here.everything wants to do cost cutting but can't do in Deya country so cmng here and beg for jobs.why can't they stay in Lanka and save there own country rather than spoiling others country

  • Balaram B.
    06/21/2019 09:05

    Modern people

  • Shane W.
    06/20/2019 19:22

    What about the people who did all those destruction with the knowledge and permission of so called president? Why don't he do something to take legal actions for them? I don't see this as the solution for the problem because the virus is still free and can do more destruction.

  • Vijay B.
    06/20/2019 06:57

    Save tree

  • Nimal P.
    06/20/2019 06:31

    This should have been done decades ago. It's better late than never. Good decision though late.

  • ALi Y.
    06/19/2019 23:06


  • Adulhamid H.
    06/19/2019 19:22

    That's what Nigeria is suppose to adopt

  • Wasantha A.
    06/19/2019 04:38

    But without re foresting!

  • Mahendran M.
    06/18/2019 14:14

    Good job

  • Jaskaran S.
    06/18/2019 05:40

    Fuck just 5% left 🤦🏻‍♂️ A country should have atleast 20% forest cover.

  • Imtiyaz A.
    06/17/2019 16:54

    Really appreciate for best decision. Save tree 🎄, save water 💦, save environment.

  • Naveen D.
    06/17/2019 14:50

    Well done....

  • Avadhut A.
    06/17/2019 14:09

    Good Decision

  • Bernardine S.
    06/17/2019 13:45

    This is the best news... 🙏👍❤💐😊

  • Mohit K.
    06/17/2019 13:04


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