Arrangements are underway to map the forest cover of Sri Lanka after a gap of ten years.
The aim of the programme is to ascertain the change in the area of forests during the past 10 years. Assistant Forest Conserver Nishantha Edirisinghe said that the work has already been launched in this connection.
The maps will consist various types of forests such as thick medium and open forests and as well as shrub jungles. The required satellite pictures have been obtained from India at the cost of 250,000 rupees.
The pictures are being distributed among forest officers for confirmation. It is expected to bring out the maps within a period of three months.
The Environment Ministry said that an additional cost is not incurred as mapping is carried out by the officials in the Forest Conservation Department.