President+instructs+that+licenses+of+Timber+Mill+owners+who+obtain+illegal+timber+be+banned
Wednesday, 29 May 2019 - 19:04
President instructs that licenses of Timber Mill owners who obtain illegal timber be banned
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President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed officials to immediately abolish licenses of Timber Mill owners who keep illegal timber with them.

The President had issued these instructions during a progress review meeting of the Forest Conservation Department held this morning (29).

The President as the Minister in charge of the subject had gone this morning to the Forest Conservation Department and subsequent to looking into the work being carried out there had joined senior officers at a meeting.

On this occasion President Maithripala Sirisena had emphasized that steps should be taken to prevent all destructive conditions which result in deforestation.

He also emphasized the need to expand raids across the island and the requirement of strictly implementing laws relevant to halting timber rackets.

He also said that while strictly implementing laws for protecting forest resources that exist now, they should dedicate themselves in the same way that they are working through massive projects to raise forest density.

The President also inquired about the decision made by the government recently to ban all electric saws and its progress.

The Presidential Media Division said that the Ministry Secretary was advised to submit a Cabinet Paper banning the import of electric saws to this country.

Attention was also focused on halting the registration of carpentry sheds.

The Forest Conservation and Tree Planting Programmes due to be carried out in conjunction with World Environment Day which falls on June 5 was also subject to discussion.

In the face of changes in climatic conditions in Sri Lanka, it was discussed about increasing forest density in the island to 32 percent by the year 2030, as a solution to the strong environmental challenges facing the country.  As a signatory faction to the United Nations Paris Accord and to achieve targets, lands belonging to the Land Reforms Commission and the Sri Lanka Cashew Corporation which are not in use are scheduled to be deployed in a Forest Conservation Department expedited programme. All of these were subject to discussion on this occasion.
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