The Ministry of Environment has decided to declare 17 forests in seven districts as national forest reserves.
These forest reserves are in Mannar, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Trincomalee, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura and Colombo districts.
The government expects to protect the forest coverage of the country through this measure. Human activities are thoroughly restricted under law in the forest reserves.
The following forests are to be declared as reserves :
Mannar Districts – Mullikulam, Periyamurippu, Vilattikulam,
Mullaitivu District – Alaweduwan, Pudukuduirippu, Mankulam, Thunukkai
Kilinochchi District – Panikandamadu, Kodikodunthuvil, Maduwilnadu, Punnaweli
Polonnaruwa District – Kalegama, Borawewa, Ratmale
Trincomalee District - Pamburugashinna
Anuradhapura District – Wellaragama
Colombo District – Indikada