14 Aug '11, 7pm

Dole destroying forest in national park for bananas via @mongabay

Dole destroying forest in national park for bananas via @mongabay

Sri Lanka's rainforests fast-disappearing but hope remains (11/07/2006) Sri Lanka, an island off the southern-most point of India, is known as a global biodiversity hotspot for its high number of species in a relatively limited area. However this biological richness is highly threatened by one of the highest deforestation rates of primary forests in the world. In that period, the country lost more than 35 percent of its old-growth forest cover, while total forest cover was diminished by almost 18 percent. Worse, since the close of the 1990s, deforestation rates have increased by more than 25 percent. Dr Ranil Senanayake, chairman of Rainforest Rescue International, a grassroots environmental organization based in Sri Lanka, says that the key to saving the island's last forests is to "reintroduce the concept of sustainable livelihood" to the people living in and around the ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0814-hance_srilanka_dole.html

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