Land degradation becoming a major problem
The increasing land degradation in the country is now a key
problematic area in environment conservation threatening agriculture,
says the Ministry of Environment. "Being a country heavily dependent on
agriculture losing healthy soil would greatly affect the environment and
the society and it is important to take immediate steps to mitigate land
degradation," said Sugath Dharmakeerthi, Director (Natural Resource
Management) of the Ministry of Environment.
"Sri Lanka became a part of the United Nations Convention to Combat
Desertification in 1998 as it pays high attention to combat land
degradation though Sri Lanka faces no threat of desertification,"
Marking the World day to Combat Desertification and Drought today the
Ministry of Environment holds the national event at Pannala Maha
Vidyalaya in the Walapane DS Division.
The theme this year is 'Healthy Soil Sustains Your Life: Let's Go
Land Degradation Neutral'.
The Ministry of Environment acts as the country's focal point for the
Convention. The Natural Resource Management Unit of the Ministry has
launched a special program islandwide to mitigate land degradation.
Ministries of Environment, Agriculture and Land and Land Development
jointly form national policies on mitigating this problem. Land
degradation is a main problem specially in the central hills as soil is
prone to get washed away in addition to landslides caused by mismanaged