Gazette issued on forests located near Wilpattu

Consequently the conservation forest will get the maximum legal coverage and the protection in this regard will be ensured. If there is any necessity to make variation of limits of conservation forest only the Minister may by Order published in the Gazette, declare that the limits of any conservation forest shall be altered or varied. An Order made by the Minister under subsection (1) will have no effect until it has been approved by the President and confirmed by Parliament and notification of such confirmation is published in the Gazette. All the forests located near the Wilpattu North Sanctuary belonging to the Department of Forest Conservation will be declared as one Reserve.Accordingly, President Mahripala Sirisena, who is on a three day official visit to Russia, signed the special Gazette notification in Moscow, today declaring Mavillu, Weppal, Karadikkuli, Marichchikadi and Vilaththikulam forests as Mawillu forest Reserve under the 3A of the Forest Conservation Ordinance.