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.



Natural Forest Management and Conservation

As indicated earlier, the sustainability of the productive use of a forest is a debatable and controversial issue. As such, it is open to question as to whether such a forest used for production could be conserved in the real sense of the word. It is clear, however, that linkages between institutions are needed to conserve the forests which are or have been badly degraded by external influences.


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