Sri Lanka’s Vanishing Forest Cover
Ceylon in 1920, as Sri Lanka was known then, was endowed with a forest cover of 49%. That’s half of the landmass of an island once known as the world’s Garden of Eden. By 2015, Sri Lanka’s forest cover had dwindled to 29%*. At the rate in which deforestation is occurring, the destruction is rapid and alarming! *UNREDD
Deforestation and forest degradation reportedly account for 17 per cent of carbon emissions, more than the world’s transportation sectors combined. Agriculture, logging and commercial development are primary contributors to the epidemic that’s destroying our habitat as you read this.