Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY RAN­JITH KARUNAWEERA

Sin­hale Jathika San­vi­danaya Pres­i­dent Dan Priyasad re­cently met with Uruwarige Wan­nila Aththo at Kotabakiniya in Dam­bana and sought his as­sis­tance to pro­tect the for­est re­serves in the coun­try.

He re­quested the Vedda Chief who is a great en­vi­ron­ment lover to in­ter­vene and save the Wil­pattu Na­tional Park, Knuck­les Moun­tain Range and Sin­haraja For­est Re­serve that are be­ing de­stroyed. “We de­cided to in­form the Ved­dha com­mu­nity on the on­go­ing wan­ton de­struc­tion of for­est cover. If we want to breathe fresh air, we must then pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment. Plants and an­i­mals should be pro­tected to main­tain nat­u­ral equilib­rium. How­ever, it is very sad that for­est cover has been fast dwin­dling and we al­ready ex­pe­ri­ence its con­se­quences. We need a vi­sion­ary leader to pro­tect the coun­try and the Vedda Chief is the only per­son who puts in so much of ef­fort to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment. The ob­jec­tive of our or­gan­i­sa­tion is to save forests for which we largely de­pend on the Ved­dha Chief,” he said.

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