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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
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  • Daniel K.
    4 days

    Isnt that the same president that isnt collaborating with the investigation about the terror attack that killed 200+? such an open minded guy.....

  • Juanita S.
    4 days

    OMG HOW DO THESE 3RD WORLD COUNTRIES GET CHAIN SAWS.????????????????

  • Prashanth M.
    4 days

    even this is not enough. The whole population, with military help should be engaged in propagation and planting of trees. Also fight wildlife-terrorism.

  • Buddhika P.
    4 days

    There was a massive destruction of large forest areas during the past few decades, including his governed time. He didn't take any kind of action to stop such kind of disasters. Still the deforestation, killing tuskers for ivory, unauthorized hydro power plants and illegal mining are happening in Sri Lanka. This is not a solution for it. Strengthen the law, that's what we need from a president. Instead of doing useless things and expressing silly words.

  • Jeffrey L.
    4 days

    Ummm... can't you just plant new trees? You know... cut down a tree... plant a tree?

  • Margaret G.
    4 days

    Well thoughr out hope it works the earth needs the trees

  • Paula A.
    4 days

    They tried the same in Brazil... then the criminals brought their tractors and chains...

  • Victor A.
    4 days

    THIS IS WHAT POLICAL WIIL IS ALL ABOUT. I HOPE THE SELLING OF CHAINSAWS WILL ALSO BE BANNED IN BAGUIO.

  • Shady E.
    4 days

    👍👍

  • Elijah D.
    4 days

    Exactly 👽🌍

  • Dan C.
    4 days

    PI should do this

  • Nazmul H.
    4 days

    Wow 😍 ❤️

  • Krystin S.
    4 days

    Hoffentlich nicht nur ein Lippenbekenntnis.... 🤔🤔🤔

  • Elisa Z.
    3 days

    👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  • Joseph M.
    3 days

    Bah

  • Patrice G.
    3 days

    Forests precede peoples, deserts follow them! François-René De Chateaubriand

  • Sameera B.
    3 days

    මුගේ බොරු අරහේ විල්පත්තුව කපනවා බොරුවට මේවා තහනම් කරනවා.

  • Andi N.
    2 days

    Mantap

  • Rahula G.
    2 days

    Seems like biggest issue with deforestation is state sponsored irrigation and resettlement schemes. A ban/restrictions on chain saws and complete ban on mobile saw mills will help curb deforestation.. https://www.facebook.com/858519893/posts/10157310702669894?s=556105035&sfns=mon

  • Sameera R.
    a day

    බලපංකො මේ යකා ලෝකෙම රවට්ටල තියන විදිය. මේ වීඩියෝ එක දාපු එකා මෙහෙ ඇත්ත තත්වෙ දන්නවනම් බයිල් ගහේ ඉඳන් කපාගන්නවා යකෝ.