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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.

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Summary

The history of forest management in Sri Lanka can be traced back to the beginning of the country's recorded history. There is no doubt that, even prior to then, forests would have played a major role in the lives of inhabitants. Buddhist philosophy has had a great influence on forest and wild life conservation in the country.

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