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Petitioning United Nations, United Nations Environment Program, Antonio Guterres, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, Inger Andersen, matthew billot

*EMERGENCY* THE AMAZON IS ON FIRE! TELL THE UNITED NATIONS TO HELP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!

THIS IS A GLOBAL STATE OF EMERGENCY AND IT GREATLY INVOLVES YOU, YOUR LOVED ONES AND ALL OF HUMANITY!  The Amazon rainforest is in a critical state of collapse as a record number of fires (over 74,155, an 85% increase since 2018) have been burning for over 3 weeks (as of the writing of this petition) - and the Brazilian government is allowing it to happen! This isn't just an environmental issue, this is a humanitarian issue! The Amazon (known as the lungs of our earth) provides the planet with a lot of its oxygen, and is an essential, irreparable link that holds our global ecosystem within balance. It is now emitting the most carbon dioxide since 2010, and climbing! What's even worse is that these fires are all created by man due to deforestation for agricultural interests, encouraged by Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, and anonymous groups trying to remove indigenous populations from their lands in order to enact oil drilling.  Scientists say there is only 5% left, before the amazon will reach the tipping point and its ecosystems begin to irreparably collapse. “The fires have led to a clear spike in carbon monoxide emissions as well as planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions, posing a threat to human health and aggravating global warming” worldwide (The Washington Post). So what can we do?  Dramatic and swift action needs to take place, and the ones who have the power to take this action is the United Nations (UN).  From their website, the UN states it “can take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, and more. This situation checks almost all boxes.  More specifically the UN could: #1. Send in immediate humanitarian support to all the indigenous and local groups who have lost their homes and way of life. #2: Coordinate a large scale effort with Brazil and neighboring countries to fight the fires in the most high risk areas, such as those affecting indigenous, animals and the most fragile ecosystems.  #3: Create economic sanctions on Brazil that would illegalize the cutting, selling and buying of timber and meat produced in the country.  Jair Bolsonaro is clearly only focused on short term economic gains, therefore #3 could in fact bring the government to the table of diplomatic resolution and help safeguard this vital life force, for us all.  If a government does not take measures to protect natural resources that have a direct affect on the livelihood and well being of the entire planet and all its inhabitants, it should lose its privilege (not right) to govern over those resources. We the people, and Earth’s collective ecosystem (plants and animals), have the right to live in balance. That balance should not be determined by the greed of a handful of individuals in power.  Please sign this petition and urge the UN to take action on behalf of humanity, it’s inhabitants and this world. Share this petition on your social media platforms, and encourage everyone else to do the same! Our combined influence can create the momentum needed to make a difference.  Let’s use the power of influence: for powerful, positive change.  Sign now, this one is more than worth it.

Alexander Mendeluk
252,590 supporters
Petitioning United Nations Development Program, United Nations Environment Program, Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), United Nations

Restrict movement of trucks in built up areas within Nigeria to the hours of 11pm and 5am.

I’m so angry, angry at all those who had years of influence in political office and did nothing, angry at how the Nigerian capitalists do not care about anyone or anything but their pockets, I’m angry about how the government puts little or no value on human lives, I’m mega angry that we are a people who would do nothing but rant about this on Facebook for a few days and then forget about it till the next incident, it reeks of complete lack of value and regard for human lives to have lagosians living in the midst of combustibles, Apapa tanks farms are all accidents waiting to happen, then we have to deal with the harbinger of death in the form of these trucks and the lunatics who drive them. If you reside in Lagos , I’m sure you have a tale or two about these truck drivers who will blatantly tell you they don’t care about your life, so get out of their way. It would seem the solution to this Problem is quite simple; Railway , a single train will convey the equivalent of 50 or more trucks in cargo,this will save cost of transportation drastically and save us billions of tax Naira in road maintenance. This simple yet effective means of transportation will save us all the headaches of focusing so much on our rearview mirrors while driving, I am not stupid enough to think we won’t need tankers for delivery to the individual stations, but there surely can be a law restricting their movement in built up areas to certain times. These issues are NOT entirely political, they are Capitalist issues, the Business man who cuts corners to get a DPR license for a filling station smack in the middle of residential areas is as much to blame as a trucker who owns 500 trucks and would readily pay hoodlums to vandalize railway tracks, the importer who buys accidented used trucks to be refurbished and sold in Nigeria should also not sit back and blame the government. So what is the way forward? Can I get at least a thousand Nigerians to Help me sign a petition to the senate , i will also require a lawmaker to sponsor a bill limiting the time for truck movement in built up areas to the hours of 11pm-5am. 

Olorunfemi Gbenle
159,543 supporters
Petitioning United Nations

Emergencia climática - La Amazonía está en llamas. Pide a Naciones Unidas que intervenga

Estamos en un estado de emergencia global y esto te afecta a ti, a tu entorno y a toda la humanidad.  La Amazonía está en un estado crítico a punto de colapsar con un récord histórico en el número de fuegos (más de 74.155, lo que supone un 85% más desde 2018) que han estado ardiendo durante más de 3 semanas - y el Gobierno de Brasil está permitiendo que esto suceda.  Esto no es solo un problema medioambiental, también es un problema humanitario. La Amazonía - conocida como el pulmón del planeta - proporciona al planeta una gran cantidad de oxígeno y supone un vínculo esencial e irreparable que mantiene nuestro ecosistema global en equilibro. ¡Ahora mismo se están produciendo la mayor cantidad de dióxido de carbono registrada desde 2010, y esto sigue subiendo!  Lo que aún es peor es que todos estos incendios son creados por el hombre debido a la deforestación por intereses agrícolas, alentados por el presidente brasileño, Jair Bolsonaro, y por grupos anónimos que intentan despojar a las poblaciones indígenas de sus tierras para realizar perforaciones petroleras.  Los científicos dicen que solo queda un 5% antes de que la Amazonía llegue al punto de inflexión y sus ecosistemas comiencen a colapsar irreparablemente. “Los incendios han llevado a un aumento claro en las emisiones de monóxido de carbono, así como a las emisiones de dióxido de carbono que calientan el planeta lo que además representa una amenaza para la salud humana y agrava el calentamiento global” en todo el Mundo (The Washington Post).  Entonces, ¿qué podemos hacer?  Es necesario que se realicen acciones dramáticas y rápidas, y quienes tienen el poder de hacerlo es Naciones Unidas (ONU).  En su propia página web, la ONU afirma que “puede tomar medidas sobre problemas que enfrenta la humanidad en el siglo XXI, como la paz y la seguridad, el cambio climático, el desarrollo sostenible, los derechos humanos, el desarme, el terrorismo, las emergencias humanitarias y de salud, la igualdad de género, la gobernanza, la producción de alimentos y otros asuntos. Esta situación en la Amazonía cumple todas y cada una de estas casillas.  De forma más específica, la ONU podría:  1.- Enviar apoyo humanitario de inmediato a todos los grupos indígenas y locales que han perdido sus hogares y su forma de vida.  2.- Coordinar esfuerzos a gran escala con Brasil y los países vecinos para poder combatir los incendios en las zonas de mayor riesgo, como las que afectan a los indígenas, los animales y los ecosistemas más frágiles.  3.- Imponer sanciones económicas en Brasil que ilegalicen el corte, la venta y la compra de mader y carne producida en el país.  Jair Bolsonaro está claramente enfocado solo en las ganancias que esto provoca a corto plazo, por lo que el tercero de estos puntos podría de hecho llevar al Gobierno a una mesa de resolución diplomática para ayudar a salvarguardar esta fuerza vital para todos que es el Amazonías.  Si un gobierno no toma medidas para proteger los recursos naturales que tienen un efecto en directo con el sustento y el bienestar de todo el planeta y sus habitantes, debería perder su privilegio de poder gobernar sobre estos recursos. Tenemos derecho a vivir en equilibrio. Y ese equilibrio no puede estar determinado por la avaricia de un puñado de individuos en el poder.  Firma esta petición e insta a la ONU a tomar medidas en nombre de la humanidad, sus habitantes y este mundo.  ¡Comparte esta petición en tus redes sociales para conseguir que más gente se sume!  La influencia de miles de personas puede crear el impulso necesario para poder marcar la diferencia. 

Alexander Mendeluk
252,590 supporters
Petitioning World Wildlife Fund, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, National Wildlife Federation, Conservation International, United Nations Environment Program, United Nations, international ...

Save Endangered Sri Lankan Elephants-They are on the path to Extinction !

             Despite increased efforts to tackle the surge in Human Elephant Conflict due to deforestation and habitat fragmentation, nearly 2844 elephants have been killed by 1991-2010, from then 300 per year have been killed up to now  - highlighting the need for urgent international action to address the endangered wildlife crisis in Sri Lanka.             The Sri Lankan elephant Elephas maximus maximus native to Sri Lanka, had been listed as endangered by IUCN as the population has declined by at least 65% over the last three generations, estimated to be 60-75 years. However the declining of elephant population day by day pulls them towards the Critically Endangered category which will ultimately expel them from the earth categorizing them to the category Extinct! The elephant population drastically go down at “alarming pace” with around 4500 remaining currently which also revealed by government auditor general reports-2018, that Sri Lankan elephant is in huge danger of extinction if action is not immediately taken to reverse the current trend toward extinction. But Unfortunately Sri Lankan government unable to address the issue yet. The main threats the species faces in Sri Lanka are: Deforestation, habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, and degradation Obstructing Elephant corridors and Migratory pathways Waste Disposal to the elephant gathering areas Poaching and Illegal killing              The Sri Lankan elephant was once found throughout the island of Sri Lanka, but is now being pushed into dry zone and pocketed into smaller forest areas. Deforestation, fragmentation of natural habitats owing to mega development projects, irrigation, infrastructure and  human settlements have lead to a continuous contraction of habitats available to elephants and restrict the food gain and water gain of the elephants. Also, Elephant Migratory pathways are entirely blocked by human settlement.               Though the Sri Lankan government always speaking about Sustainable development in world summits but nothing had happened so far, for the means of sustainable development! Highways, roads, dams, railway tracks and other mega projects are still building through dense forests and wildlife reserves. No concept of Eco Bridges or any other conservation technology. Conversion of elephant habitat to settlements and permanent cultivation by Deforestation makes a devastating impact on Sri Lanka’s elephant population and  government not able to take any single step to minimize deforestation although the country’s primary forest cover remaining in nearly 14%.              At the same time, Many elephants have been dying due to starvation, unplanned electrical fencing would intensify this pathetic situation much more. Another major problem is water scarcity within their habitats. Since the natural sources of food are destroyed, they tempt to roam for villages in search of food and water. They unintentionally destroy the cultivation of the villagers in order to quench their prolonging starvation, becoming a  pest in Agriculture! This results the initiation of human – elephant conflict and cause the death of many elephants. The resultant Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) has escalated to an alarmingly high proportion at present contributing to a very high mortality of elephants , about 3 elephant deaths per week, a 5% decline annually.             Though the whole remaining estimated elephant is lower than 4000 in the country,  Every year nearly 300-350 elephants are killed by gunshots, electrocution, planting  hakkapatas or Jaw-bombs, snares, man-made traps and pits, poisoning and train accidents. It is very pathetic situation that many wild elephants that roam in the forests today are carrying  large numbers of bullets within their bodies and many are blind due to gunshots. Almost many of wild elephants that lucky to save their lives so far, have become disabled by trap guns. The continued intensity of the human elephant conflict would pose a serious threat to the survival of the wild elephant in Sri Lanka and the resultant decline in elephant population will have an adverse impact on the viability of other wildlife as the elephant is a ‘keystone species’ and is critical to the management of its habitat: Since the elephant is a ‘flagship species’ its conservation will result in the maintenance of biological diversity and ecological integrity across a vast area of Sri Lanka.            Sri Lanka was a signatory to the CITES convention, (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna) is bound to protect its endangered species and prevent their trade in any form, alive or dead. Therefore the Government has a great obligation to protect the wild elephants and to control the poaching but, also an international responsibility as it had signed many international conventions to protect them.           Therefore, it is needed to take urgent actions to draft a National Policy for the Conservation and Management of Wild Elephants in the country, in collaboration with the Department of Wildlife, Department Forest and Central Environmental Authority. But unfortunately, they were unable to implement a national policy framework for scientific conservation of wild elephants in their natural habitats so far.           Some of the main activities conducted for conflict mitigation and elephant conservation in Sri Lanka are translocation by capture-transport, elephant drives, the distribution of elephant thunder crackers, the construction of electric fences and law enforcement. Elephant drives and thunder crackers cannot be considered successful deterrents. In fact, it has been consistently true that these starved, habitat lost giant beings only become more aggressive as a result of these methods. Electric fences are useful, but only as a psychological barrier. Declaring war on wild elephants            Recently, at a public forum organized by the Department of Wildlife Conservation, the new Minister for Wildlife announced that rather than take the advice of researchers and conservationists, and implement the National Policy, that he had devised a policy of his own, for a ‘final solution’ to HEC, by adding 2,500 km of electric fencing to the existing 4,500 km, and confining elephants to forested land, by driving them from all places where they have contact with humans. In addition, he announced that 3,500 members of the Civil Defense Force (CDF) will be suitably armed, with Chinese weapons similar to T56 rifles, and placed at regular intervals along the fence to restrict the elephants to where they have been driven to. Suitable ‘guard posts’ will be built, at regular intervals along the fences, for the members of the CDF who will function independently and NOT be under the jurisdiction of the DWC.            As there are villages and cultivations in 60% of the landscape of Sri Lanka in which 70% of the elephant population of Sri Lanka live, if the aforementioned estimate of numbers is to be accepted, then almost 4,000 elephants will have to be driven. The only places left would be the protected areas without people which constitute just 18% of the land area of the island and are at carrying capacity for elephants i.e. there is no more food for any additional elephants! Exceeding the carrying capacity would result in elephants starving to death due to a lack of adequate fodder. In addition, the Minister is to increase the number of elephants brought to the Elephant Holding Facility at Horowpathana to 100 elephants, and build another at Lunugamvehera. To these ‘prisons’, according to the Minister, will be sent all male elephants that are caught habituating human cultivation. As this population contain many of the prime breeding bulls in Sri Lanka, the genetic health of future populations, if there are any, will be serious weakened. It is said that Sri Lanka's elephant population can decrease by more than 50% if the above new Elephant-human conflict mitigation plan proposed by the Ministry of Sustainable Development, wildlife and regional Development is implemented researchers and conservationists said.            We strongly believe that the survival of these animals is possible only through the protection of their natural habitats. For maintaining such un-fragmented habitats, Elephant corridors are the key. Elephant corridors are narrow strips of land that allow elephants to move from one habitat patch to another and securing these is critical to their survival and gene pool. The current scenario is: ·        In many nations of the world networking of wildlife habitats elephant corridors and restoring private and community lands to wilderness areas is gaining ground. eg; The Relocation of Ram Terrang in India and allocation for a Elephant corridor  as a HEC mitigation measure. http://www.wti.org.in/projects/kaziranga-karbi-anglong-link/  ·        Sri Lanka has 70 Elephant corridors and lot of private lands which fall in these corridors has already been secured by Public-private partnerships and Elephants have been seen using these areas increasingly over the years. ·        Sri Lanka’s forest cover is now drastically decreasing due to rapid growth of human population and urbanization. Therefore this is the last chance to allocation and protection of endangered species in their habitats.          For the conservation of elephants basically their natural habitats should be protected. Illegal deforestation of protected lands and national parks should be stopped immediately. All deforestation happening by the political power here, corrupted politicians connected in this huge environmental disaster in Sri Lanka.               Thus, the elephant migration between protected areas needs to be facilitated through either maintenance or renewed establishment of human-habitation free corridors. Ensuring the future survival of elephants that range inside and outside protected areas is both central and crucial to the conservation of elephants in Sri Lanka.             The urgent step that the government should take is to establish the proposed MER in Hambantota district, which will pave the way to reduce human elephant conflict in Southern province. The proposed conservation plan connects the Udawalawa , Lunugamvehera and Bundala wildlife reserves, after studying the animal’s migration patterns through longitudinal research and even satellite technology. But government not able to implement this elephant reserve yet and these lands distributed to unplanned projects and settlements. There is a unique opportunity to give back to wilderness. The following are a few ways in which the govt. can help the situation: Declaration, demarcation and legal protection of the natural habitats and elephant corridors under laws. Improvement of forest cover in elephant corridors. Prevention and eviction of legal and illegal encroachments. Purchase of land and voluntary relocation of settlements in the area. Habitat Enrichment with fodder trees and grasses. Enforcing laws and policies to protect tuskers and elephants in the wild. Reform the land policy for resettlement.           Environmental groups are working in coalition to save the elephants in their habitats, to put pressure on government to implement a national policy framework  for wild elephant conservation and need your support too. We are strongly urge you to kindly intervene into the matter and direct the Sri Lankan government to implement a urgent scientific conservation framework for these endangered elephants to conserve in their natural habitats.            Elephants have long been part of our life, culture and mythology. Let's sign this petition and do our bit to save these magnificent gentle giants and conserve and preserve our natural wealth and heritage for the right future.  All concerned people please sign and share this petition and your every single sign should help to save endangered gentle Giants of Sri Lanka.  http://www.ft.lk/other-sectors/Government-to-wage-war-on-wild-elephants/57-660090 http://www.ceylontoday.lk/news-search/devaka%20weerakoon/print-more/10067  http://www.sundaytimes.lk/171224/news/parks-monitoring-and-elephant-corridors-for-safety-274334.html https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1679890625466341&id=501402253315190 Sri Lankan elephants in Starvation This bull elephant has 48 gunshots and was died after translocation to another area.   ශ්‍රී  ලංකාව තුළ වසරකට අලිඇතුන් 300 පමණ විවිධ අයුරින් සාහසික ලෙස ඝාතනය වන අතර රජය විසින් ඉක්මනින් වන අලි සංරක්ෂණ ජාතික ක්‍රමවේදයකට පියවර නොගතහොත් 2048 වසර වෙද්දී මෙරට අලිඇතුන් සම්පූර්නයෙන්ද වද වී යනු ඇති බවට රජයේ විඝණකාධිපතිවරයි පවා අනතුරු අගවා තිබියදීත් වනඅලි සංරක්ෂණයට රජය විසින් පියවරක් මෙතුවක් ගෙන නොමැති අතර එය ඉතා කණගාටුදාකය. ලංකාවේ ඉතිරිව පවතින ඉතාමත් සුලු වනගත ප්‍රදේශ වපසරියක හා රක්ෂිතවල දැඩි ආහාර අහේනියකට ලක්ව වදවී යාමේ අවධානමට ලක් වී ඇති අලිඇතුන් රැක ගැනීම සදහා රජය විසින් අලි ඇතුන් නිජබිම් තුලම සංරක්ෂණය කිරීමට කඩිනමින් ජාතික අලි සංරක්ෂණ විද්‍යාත්මක ක්‍රමවේදයක් ක්‍රියාත්මක කළ යුතුව තිබුනද එය එසේ නොවී දේශපාලන පටු වාසි තකා තාවකාලික පැලැස්තර ගැසීමෙන් අලි මිනිස් ගැටුමද දිනෙන් දිනම උග්‍ර අතට හැරෙමින් පවතී. එහි ප්‍රථිපලය මෙම දැවැන්තයින් රටට දිනෙන් දිනම අහිමිවීම පමණි. අලි ඇල්ලීම්, අලි එලවීම්, අක්‍රමවත් විදිලි වැට මෙම ප්‍රශ්නයට ස්ථ්රසාර විසදුම් නොවේ. අලිඇතුන්ගේ චර්යාවන් හා සංක්‍රමණික රටා අධ්‍යනයෙන් අලි ඇතුන්ගේ නිජබිම් හා අලි මංකඩවල් හදුනා ඒවා ආරක්ෂා කරදී නිජබිම් සංරක්ෂණයක් ගෙන ඒමට රජය යොමු කිරීමේ බලාපොරොත්තුවෙන් අන්තර්ජාතිකව වැදගත් සංවිධානයන්ට මැදිහත් වන ලෙස ඉල්ලීමක් රැගත් මෙම පෙත්සමට ඔබේ සහයෝගය ලබාදෙන්න. 

ACT IN SRI LANKA
81,700 supporters
Petitioning Sri Lanka government, United Nations Environment Program

Stop Deforestation of Sri Lanka

Deforestation is the permanent destruction of forests in order to make the land available for other uses. An estimated 18 million acres (7.3 million hectares) of forest, which is roughly the size of the country of Panama, are lost each year, according to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Forests play a vital role for the world. Forests store carbon, preserve soils and nurture a diversity of species. These non-timber benefits are known as “ecosystem services.” Accounting for ecosystem services accurately in policy- and decision-making is a difficult task, especially when some have clearer dollar values than others. However, we can recognize the many ecosystem services that forests provide, and resource agencies are starting to assess and estimate forests’ economic, social and environmental values. The benefits provided by forest ecosystems include: 01. goods such as timber, food, fuel and bio products02. ecological functions such as carbon storage, nutrient cycling, water and air purification, and maintenance of wildlife habitat03. social and cultural benefits such as recreation, traditional resource uses and spirituality Deforestation is one of the most serious environmental issues in Sri Lanka. In the 1920s, the island had a 49 percent forest cover but by 2005 this had fallen by approximately 26 percent. Between 1990 and 2000, Sri Lanka lost an average of 26,800 ha of forests per year. This amounts to an average annual deforestation rate of 1.14%. Between 2000 and 2005 the rate accelerated to 1.43% per annum.  The forests in Sri Lanka have been removed to make way for agricultural land and plantations and to provide fuel and timber. Population pressure is also a significant factor as is the removal of forested areas. Corrupt politicians of Sri lanka use these points of population pressure and resettlement matters after the civil war to destroy the forest. More than 3, 400 acres of the Wilpattu Forest Reserve had been destroyed by using political power.  Rainforest Rescue International has introduced Forest For the Future (FFF) concept in order to increase forest cover in Sri Lanka. FFF creates man - made forest. www.fff.lk  https://www.facebook.com/Forests-for-the-future-global-493851694436794/ I want to stop deforestation in Sri Lanka and take actions to increase forest cover. The government of Sri Lanka must take immediate actions against deforestation.  

Janaka Edirimanna
79,777 supporters
Petitioning International Union for the Conservation of Nature

Set Up, Secure, Manage and Protect the Proposed Managed Elephant Reserve in Hambantota

The Hambantota Proposed Managed Elephant Reserve (referred to in this petition as the MER), is a yet-to-be implemented protected area (the first of its kind), which  is supposed to be located in the Hambantota District, itself located in Sri Lanka's "deep south". Demarcated as an MER in 2009, in order to protect the Sri Lankan Elephant population (an estimated 400 - 450 individuals) of the Hambantota District the MER still remains (as of October 2017), un-gazetted and unimplemented. Since then, thousands of acres of semi-arid scrubland and dry-zone dry evergreen forest have been cleared for so-called development projects (initiated under the previous government), including Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, the Sooriyawewa International Cricket Stadium, the Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port and the Magam Ruhunupura International Conference Hall (amongst others), all of which are considered to be loss - making, unnecessary "white elephant" projects. As a result of all this "development", there has been a sharp increase in the number of "Human - Elephant" related conflicts in the Hambantota District. All the while, the Department of Wildlife Conservation of Sri Lanka (hereafter referred to as the DWC), the government department which is meant to be in charge of the proposed MER, has been constricted by rogue political elements within the present and previous governments, and unable to conserve and protect all this unprotected wilderness. It should also be noted that the wildernesses included within the boundaries of the proposed MER contain a significant number of different terrestrial habitats, as well as a significant portion of the island's floral and faunal diversity. Countless unknown and possibly endemic species could be driven to extinction, before they are even discovered, documented, recorded and photographed. The MER also serves as the largest remaining alternative (as far as protected areas in the Hambantota District are concerned), to Bundala National Park, which itself has suffered as a result of "development activities" and continued human-induced encroachment. Without the immediate implementation of the MER, both resident and migratory elephant and avifaunal populations will suffer from loss of habitat and destruction of crucial forest systems (which are crucial to supporting such populations). Furthermore, without the MER, several critical elephant corridors between Lunugamvehera National Park and Udawalawe National Park will be lost to on-going "development projects". The elephant corridors in question include the Koholankala - Keliyapura Elephant Corridor, the Unathuveva Elephant Corridor and the Thanamalwila Elephant Corridor, all of which are under the purview of the Department of Forest Conservation of Sri Lanka (hereafter referred to as the DFC). As it stands, various independent estimates suggest that, of the 14,000 hectares (or 54.05 square miles) of unprotected wilderness, set aside for the proposed MER, 40% of it has already been handed over to other government agencies/departments/institutions/boards and "developed" through deforestation and "necessary construction". With the signing of the recent leasing agreement, between the Sri Lankan Government and the China Merchants Port Holdings Company, an estimated 15,000 hectares of state land will be handed over to the aforementioned company, in order to facilitate a Chinese run "industrial zone". More disturbing, is the lack of information regarding this "industrial zone" and how much additional land could be confiscated from the proposed MER, as a result of it (the entire area demarcated could be confiscated). Currently, a coalition of environmental NGOs (local and international) are working to save what remains of the proposed MER's wildernesses, and are attempting to try and push the issue with the various ministries and departments that are involved in this on-going, and extremely prevalent issue. Please sign this petition, and spread it as far and as widely as possible, so as to save the remaining Sri Lankan Elephants living in the Hambantota District, as well as the flora and fauna which are very much depending on the implementation of the MER, for their survival. Even as of today, (October the 29th), the deforestation and construction of "development projects", continues to happen at an alarming rate, and if immediate action is not taken, the proposed MER could be lost before it is even gazetted and properly implemented.  

John Wilson
79,394 supporters