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.



The Environmental Importance of Sri Lanka's Forests

Even up to the period in which Sinhalese civilisation reached its height, Sri Lanka possessed extensive areas of natural forest and home gardens. These provided a predominantly farming people with a good climate, clean water and a healthy living. The montane zone was fully covered with such vegetation, and the rivers running down from it, including the mighty Mahaweli, were clear; floods were a rare occurrence.


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