Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka takes measures to increase forest cover
Tue, Apr 22, 2014, 10:49 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has taken measures to increase the country's forest cover to 35 percent by the year 2020.

The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Energy Development has said that steps have been taken to expand cultivation of forest in all districts.

According to the UNDP, Sri Lanka has lost half of its forest cover during the past hundred years and deforestation and forest degradation which result in lack of water for farming and drinking is a source of poverty for rural households.

Also the dwindling forest cover increases the risk of drought and forest fires as Sri Lanka recently experienced.

A pilot project in this connection will be launched next month under the participation of Minister Susil Premajayantha, the state run radio reported.

The programme will be launched countrywide in connection with the World Environment Day which falls in the month of June.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Pakistan Naval Ship to arrive in Sri Lanka on Monday
-- [12 minutes ago]
EU acknowledges Sri Lanka's encouraging measures to get GSP+, requires to resolve fishery ban first
-- [47 minutes ago]
Indian Army Chief arrives in Sri Lanka to review bilateral defense ties
-- [1 hour and 55 minutes ago]
President invites IOM to host a global consultation in Sri Lanka on health of migrants
-- [2 hours ago]
Sri Lankan President to leave for Paris today to attend Climate Change summit
-- [9 hours ago]
Government incurs losses of Rs. 147 billion in tax revenue due to concessionary vehicle permits
-- [9 hours ago]
Extremists spreading rumors of threats to national security, Sri Lanka Defense Secretary says
-- [9 hours ago]
Minister expects a revival in Sri Lanka's fisheries sector next year
Canada, Australia leaders commend President Sirisena on remarkable changes brought to governance in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Navy assists Coast Guard to arrest 8 Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.