Colombo, Oct 24 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, on Tuesday warned to take stern legal action against racketeers caught destroying forests and jungles in the island country.
Addressing the 27th session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC) in Colombo, Sirisena said his administration was committed to follow the international declarations, including the Paris Convention to protect the environment and many programs had been implemented in this regard.
Sirisena requested the APFC to implement a program globally which would assist countries to increase forest density and to protect the environment. “It will help to encourage those countries,” Sirisena said.
The President also stated every country in the world was now facing critical weather and climate changes and this had become a challenge to the existence of human beings and animals.
Earlier this year, Sirisena, who is also the Minister of Environment, said he intended to increase the forest density from the current 27 percent to 32 percent within the next four years.