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Sri Lanka to remap forests

Sri Lanka: The forests in Sri Lanka are to be remapped using satellite images, according to Nishantha Edirisinghe, Forest Department Assistant Conservator, Sri Lanka. The previous mapping was done in 1999.

Edirisinghe said, “First we interpret forest cover, grass lands, buildings and water areas through satellite images, and then will go to forest lands to see whether the images obtained are true. After categorizing into forest cover classes the maps will be drawn using the CIS software.”

He also said that, the Department hopes to release this map within next three months. “This will be of use to obtain contemporary facts about remaining forests in Sri Lanka” he added.

Source: Daily News