The Sinharaja Rainforest has been in the public eye for a few weeks now. Is it being threatened by encroachment and development? Will it lose its UNESCO World Heritage status?
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Sri Lanka deforestation: Irrigation reservoirs to be built in Sinharaja; Hamadiya Hamza; Economy Next
Financial institutions must better understand their exposure to biodiversity risks so they can take steps to reduce these through company divestment or engagement…
Sri Lanka Environmentalists urge Unesco to halt road construction in Sinharaja forest; Melani Manel Perera; AsiaNews
The area is the last virgin tropical forest left in the country, a World Heritage Site since 1988. Army engineers began work on 10 August. The UN agency blocked the same project in 2013.
The fact that Sinharaja forest reserve is a precious gift to us from the nature is nothing new. It is an evergreen tropical forest located in the Wet Zone of the country, stretching across the…
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- Residents of the rural Sri Lankan village of Pitekele relied on the nearby rainforest as a source of food, fuel, fiber and medicine for generations, until it was made into a park.
- The forest’s new conservation status and rules for accessing traditional products caused traditional “home garden” agroforestry plots to replace the forest’s role in villagers’ incomes and food procurement strategies.
- These unusually diverse agroforestry systems have reduced the pressure on native primary rainforest and serve to provide habitat, forest cover, biodiversity and food security within the buffer zone, where land is otherwise increasingly being used for tea cultivation.
- Sri Lanka is a biodiversity hotspot, and its home gardens are very diverse too: Pitekele’s home gardens support a richness of 219 species in 181 genera and 73 families.
PITEKELE, Sri Lanka — Visitors to the Sinharaja Man and Biosphere Reserve, Sri Lanka’s largest remaining primary rainforest, could easily miss the fact that adjoining the forest’s entrance is the old and thriving community of Pitekele.
Read more from source: Agroforestry bolsters biodiversity and villages in Sri Lanka
7 Surreal UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Asia You Won’t Believe Actually Exist; Prateek Dham; Tripoto
Asia is full of surreal UNESCO-certified gems.
While some of you might have heard of the sites listed down here, there’s a fair chance that you didn’t know that these are actually listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. For those who aren’t aware, a World Heritage Site is selected and recognised by the United Nations on the basis of its “cultural, historical, scientific or any other form of significance”. These sites are preserved and protected by UNESCO and international treaties.
There are 271 such sites in Asia, that include the usual suspects such as Taj Mahal in India, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Sumatra in Indonesia, etc. But there are many more incredible sites that most of us aren’t aware of. Hence, I’m listing down seven of the most surreal UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Asia you most probably had no idea about:
Komodo National Park
Located between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores in the Indonesian archipelago, Komodo National Park is one of the major residences of Komodo dragons in this world.