In protecting our biodiversity, the forests under the jurisdiction of the Forest Department play a prominent role. However the resource that goes into the research to protect and promote this heritage, and understand the ecosystem is minimal and not appreciated. There are few graduating with this knowledge.
I was privileged to have the guidance of a professional in this field to explain some of the plant interdependencies in my visit over the weekend to the Kanneliya Forest Reserve. If one does not understand the interdependencies it is easy to make grave mistakes that sometimes can never be reversed. I understand that there is little research that goes on now and few opportunities for people in this field to earn a living and so go into other fields, where their knowledge is lost forever, for future generations and for the future of learning.
I have earlier in my blogs, recommended a University of sorts, or a place of learning, for officers of the Wildlife Department and Forest Department, as the knowledge they need to carry out their jobs is unbelievably extensive, and not the step motherly treatment they presently get in looking at the suitability for those careers. Those who graduate will have a career awaiting them and this need will grow instead of diminish, when we determine the absolute necessity of this knowledge in the conservation of our environment as need increases.
It was a shock to me to learn politicization of recruitment to sensitive positions in the Forest Department, where ministers have put their supporters into professional jobs, for which they are unsuitable and incapable, and in this instance, once qualified and knowledgeable staff of the Forest Department retire, those who take over will have NO knowledge in the actual Botany of plant growth, regeneration and forest conservation and replenishment.
They are more interested in flash projects that involve construction and capital expenditure, with NO sensitivity to the environment and special requirements of the area. This is true across the board in the Public Service that has been politicized, where increasingly, professional people are sidelined, leading them to leave, the result is idiots running highly sensitive ecosystems, about which they know nothing about nor care about. Professionalism has been cast aside.
I plead with authorities, throw seniority aside, where fisherman, who don’t care for forests are appointed to positions of responsibility, in the Forest Department only for their paycheck, while disappearing to the oceans to take care of their personal business!
Let’s have a test of knowledge to weed the charlatans at once, and return the management of the BIODIVERSITY back to professionals. At least the top 10 positions should go to people who at least love their job, know how important the forests are for the future of the Country and engage in projects that regenerate and educate the young on its preservation and really take an interest in ensuring that what remains is sustainably managed for the future generations of our citizens.