Forests and Forestry in Sri Lanka

An Historical Perspective

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This report traces the history of forest management in Sri Lanka from the pre-colonial period to the present. The economic and social importance of the forest estate is discussed, together with chapters on forest research, conservation and plantations. The problems of conserving natural forest in a country of approximately 18 million people who largely depend on agriculture are fully discussed.



Concluding Remarks

This document has attempted to illustrate the changing roles of forestry over the course of Sri Lanka's history, and how these have been linked to, and influenced by, the changing fates of Sri Lanka's forests. It is hoped that in doing so, it may point the way to the future role of the forestry sector in Sri Lanka's development.


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