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Forestry staff receives aid to create new maps

Colombo, Sri Lanka: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided GIS software and mapping equipment and conducted a three-day training workshop for Sri Lankan forest department staff to create new maps of forest cover in the North. Maps of the northern forests have not been updated for nearly 20 years, and conserving the natural resources in conflict-affected areas is a priority of the Government of Sri Lanka.

According to a press release issued by the US Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka, USAID is partnering with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and its Forest Department to manage Sri Lanka’s valuable forest resources more effectively. Six government officials from the GIS Remote Sensing Unit participated in the hands-on training on the principles and applications of GIS.

Source: ColomboPage