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Sinharaja Boundary bickers

Date of Release: 
Nov 21 2013

Nature heeds no boundaries. Like latitudes and longitudes they are only superficial, but not for humans. So it comes as no surprise when authorities and environmentalists are once again bickering over the boundaries of Sinharaja. In 2011 The Nation brought to the readers’ attention, construction of the road between Imbulkanda and Suriyakanda, in the article titled ‘Sinharaja Fork in the road’. It was a matter of widening a footpath that had existed for 200 years.

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Mahaweli Authority denies illegal clearing of forest lands

Date of Release: 
Oct 27 2013

The Mahaweli Authority yesterday refuted allegations by environmentalists that it was engaging in unlawful clearing of forest lands, and challenged anyone to prove there was illegal activity on its part.

Speaking to The Nation, Director General of the Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka, Gamini Rajakaruna, stressed all forest clearing activities that his officials were engaging in as part of development efforts of the Mahaweli zones, were ‘strictly in accordance with the law’.

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Demands to Scrutinize Forestry Crimes

Date of Release: 
Oct 28 2013

An antigraft watchdog has urged Indonesian law enforcement institutions to strengthen their fight against crimes in the nation’s forestry sector.

The call came after Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) released a report that showed potential state losses from such crimes totaling Rp 691 trillion ($62 billion) between 2011 and 2012.

Lalola Estele, a researcher with ICW, said the total losses had been calculated from 124 cases of forest crimes recorded by the watchdog from 2011 to 2012.

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Protect forests, DPM tells Xayaboury officials

Date of Release: 
Sep 25 2013

Deputy Prime Minister in charge of social and cultural affairs, Mr Asang Laoly, has asked Xayaboury provincial authorities to suppress any activity that harms or degrades protected and preserved forest areas.

Mr Asang, on a working visit to the northern province from September 22-23, told provincial and district authorities to take positive action to thoroughly investigate and address issues regarding logging, according to official sources from the Government Office.

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Investigation into Riau forest fires continues

Date of Release: 
Sep 18 2013

A Malaysian company accused of being responsible for recent peatland and forest fires in Riau is still under criminal investigation, the province’s top police officer has said.

Riau Police chief Brig. Gen. Condro Kirono said during a hearing with members of the House of Representatives Commission IV on Tuesday that his force was now investigating a subsidiary of Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhard, PT ADEI Plantation and Industry (API).

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Study shows that Clean Air Act is reducing pollution

Date of Release: 
Sep 2 2013

A collaborative project involving a Kansas State University ecologist has shown that the Clean Air Act has helped forest systems recover from decades of sulfur pollution and acid rain.

The research team -- which included Jesse Nippert, associate professor of biology -- spent four years studying centuries-old eastern red cedar trees, or Juniperus virginiana, in the Central Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. The region is downwind of the Ohio River Valley coal power plants and experienced high amounts of acidic pollution -- caused by sulfur dioxide emissions -- in the 20th century.

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