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.



Forest Research

Forest research is something that is frequently neglected in the rush for exploitation or national development. The history of forest research in Sri Lanka reflects a mixture of this short-sightedness with some notable examples of visionary work. The emphasis of research has changed from supporting exploitation of natural forests towards promoting the wider values of forests, and from internally-managed research programmes within the Forestry Department towards national and international co-operation in research.


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