|Tuesday, 11 January 2005|
by Florence Wickramage
The Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWLC) has appointed three committees to report on the impact of the tsunami tidal waves on the life and property of the DWLC, on the instructions of Environment and Natural Resources Minister A.H.M. Fowzie, Director General Dayananda Kariyawasam told the Daily News yesterday.
Kariyawasam said that follow up action will commence once the three committees submit their reports. The committees have been entrusted to work on three identified sections which are (1) Official buildings and property loss, (2) habitat loss which include parks, water holes, vegetation and animals, (3) loss of private property of officers attached to the DWLC.
Committee one headed by DWLC's Deputy Director Finance and Accounts will assess the extent of damage caused to DWLC's Park bungalows and buildings, road infrastructure, human losses etc.
Work of Committee two will be of a scientific nature. The Committee headed by DWLC Deputy Director Research and Planning will include experts Dr. Devaka Weerakoon, Dr. Rienzie Fernando, Dr. Channa Bambaradeniya and Dr. Ravi Perera.
Committee three headed by DWLC Deputy Director Law Enforcement and Operations will assess the damage caused by the tsunami tidal waves to DWLC personnel, their families and their private property. This committee will report on measures to be adopted to ensure the safety of affected members and their needs so that they could get back to service with the least possible delay.
Kariyawasam said that many nature lovers and environmentalists have volunteered their services to the DWLC at this crucial moment.
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