Mahaweli Authority Stop Illegally Destroying Elephant Habitat in Welioya Mullaitivu.
Posted on October 30th, 2013

‚ Rahula Gunasekera

Mahaweli Authority in Sri Lanka is illegally clearing forest land in Welioya, Mullaitivu, for a new settlement, exacerbating the human elephant conflict. The land being cleared is rare thick forest in the dry zone and critical elephant habitat in the Anandakulam and Veppamkulam forest reserves. Historically theMahaweli Authority has been the leader in elephant habitat destruction. Now that there is very little forest land left in Sri Lanka, there is a disturbing trend of the Mahaweli Authority raiding nature reserves. We respectfully ask his excelency The President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksha and the Mahaweli Authority not to clear forest land in Welioya, Mullaituvi.

Mahaweli Authority Stop Illegally Destroying Elephant Habitat in Welioya Mullaitivu.

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4 Responses to “Mahaweli Authority Stop Illegally Destroying Elephant Habitat in Welioya Mullaitivu.”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    I take a different view.

    IF this is done to extend SINHALA settlements in this region or to help them, we must support the Mahaweli authority in this regard.

    The Welioya corridor is MORE IMPORTANT to SL national defence because that is what separates north province and east province. Sinhala settlements are MOST IMPORTANT in this area.

    Sinhala settlements are SACRED in this area. More sacred than the Nallur temple or the last living elephant.

    Unless these Sinhala settlements are protected NO ELEPHANT is ever safe because Tamil expansionism sees no wildlife.

    Please take a strategic view of things.

    However if land clearing is done for the settlement of OTHER people, then please stop it.

  2. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    RAHULA ! Nobody will want to give details of their private addresses whe signing a petition.

    Your endeavor is appreciated.

  3. stanley perera Says:

    Rahula, Welioya, Mullativu land is the crown land. Therefore Racist Tamil’s cannot claim it is owned by the Tamils. Instead of petitioning to stop clearing the forest, all patriotic Sinhalese must support the scheme. I will build few houses out of my own finance to house the Sinhala IDPs. KIn the developing world the increasing population we cannot live by the past. Let us all chip in some encouraging ideas.

  4. Ananda-USA Says:

    We share Prof. Indraratana’s concerns about high borrowing at high interest rates.

    Borrowing should focus on Infrastructure Developments that will generate a Rate of Return to the GOSL treasury above inflation rate, and not for spending on current consumption.

    SL’s domestic investment strategy not sustainable: Prof. Indraratna
    October 31, 2013

    Sri Lanka’s strategy of meeting domestic investment requirements through borrowing cannot be sustained for much longer, according to Sri Lanka Economic Association (SLEA) President Prof. A. D. V. De S. Indraratna.

    “The gap between domestic savings and domestic investment was manifest in the corresponding trade deficit and was met largely through borrowings. This cannot go on much longer without either getting into a serious debt crisis or cutting down gross domestic investment.

    The way out is to change the growth strategy to one of investing with savings rather than with borrowing or in other words,” he asserted.

    Addressing SLEA Annual Sessions, Prof. De S. Indraratna went on to state that such a strategy would require reductions in the budget deficit and in aggregate demand, in addition to better strategized exports.

    The resultant containment of inflation and positive real interest rates would give better public savings which would also allow government space to increase revenue and decrease expenditure.

    “Decrease in current expenditure should result from the reduction in waste, corruption and ostentation in the public sector and improvement in the management and productive efficiency of the public-sector institutions.

    These things do not happen automatically; positive action on the part of the relevant authorities is necessary,” Prof. De S. Indraratna said.

    In that context, he went on to raise criticism over the National Savings Bank’s US$ 750 million debenture loan.

    “External borrowing at high interest rates like the NSB’s US$ 750 million debenture loan at 8.875 per cent interest would certainly counter this strategy, specially with NSB being the premier state-owned institution for savings mobilization,” he noted.

    Meanwhile, drawing attention to the role of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Sri Lanka’s future growth story, Prof. De S. Indraratna highlighted that relatively low inflows were caused by a lack of confidence in the country’s institutional frameworks.

    “Despite the cessation of terrorist hostilities in May 2009, FDIs have been flowing very slowly. Apparently foreign investors still do not find the necessary environment for their investment.”

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