The World Bank, in a statement, has clarified its position on the management of Yala National Park.
The statement issued by the World Bank says “simply closing a block in the Yala National Park is not a holistic nor sustainable solution and is not the type of solution the bank would propose.”
The World Bank says that holding back funding would defeat the purpose of supporting better management.
It also added that ongoing discussions between the bank and the government on the country’s park management is held with a view of ensuring that vulnerable resources are managed for the benefit of those employed in the parks.
This includes the local community whose livelihood depends on tourism in the park.