Stop Deforestation of Sri Lanka
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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 products
02. ecological functions such as carbon storage, nutrient cycling, water and air purification, and maintenance of wildlife habitat
03. 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
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.
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