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Forest Offenses Cause Rs. 65Mn Losses In 2010

Aug 15, 2011 7:43:13 AM - thesundayleader.lk

The Environment Ministry states the country had lost Rs. 65.8 million due to thousands of forest offences that had taken place in 2010.

The Ministry’s performance report tabled in parliament states that 3,324 forest offences had been reported in 2010.

The Ministry has recorded 1,183 offences of illicit encroachment and clearing of forests.

The other offences are 726 cases of illegal felling, 179 cases of illicit transportation of timber.

Nuwara Eliya had been recorded as the district to have seen the largest number of timber felling cases amounting to 154.

Anuradhapura had recorded the most cases of illicit encroachment and clearing with 246 cases being reported.

Meanwhile, the Ministry had also found some 400 unauthorized timber depots in 2010.