05 December 2012
The Sri Lankan government said that it will declare forests in the Northern and Eastern provinces as conservation areas, reported Colombo Page.
Noting the severe damage to forests in the North, the government announced that it planned to increase forest coverage. The proposed 2013 budget allocates funding to help expand the forests to cover at least 35% of the land.
The government commitments towards forest conservation in the North come as, Tamil students in the North and across the world, condemning the violent silencing and imprisonment of university students in the North, called for the conservation of their basic rights of freedom of speech.
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