The traditional conservation laws and policies of Sri Lanka are largely not working. If they were there would not be so much unrestrained destruction of wildlife and forests. These pieces of legislation were drafted in a previous age; a time when the human populations were smaller and the knowledge of the wilderness and things wild relied heavily on anecdotal, rather than scientific, evidence. Although science and research has now been given a greater voice and dedicated researchers have developed and tested effective methodologies based on years of learning, there is a great reluctance by the policymakers and relevant statutory agencies to use this information in making decision, possibly because they just may work and bring a halt to some of the Machiavellian justifications given for the ongoing exploitation.
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