ENVIRONMENT

Misleading news report claims UNESCO dismissed allegations of Sri Lanka deforestation

Published on 16/04/2021 at 12:03

A media organisation in Sri Lanka has shared a claim that UNESCO denied any damage to the country's Sinharaja forest, following reports of deforestation. But the claim is misleading. The statement was made by the National Commission for UNESCO in Sri Lanka, which is separate from and does not speak for the global organisation. UNESCO is in fact looking into deforestation concerns in Sri Lanka, a spokeswoman told AFP.