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 Plantations

The forest plantation (or man-made forests) sub-sector has had a mixed history in Sri Lanka. From small beginnings, it is today playing an important role in meeting the timber and fuelwood requirements of the nation, and looks set to develop further over the coming decades. This chapter looks at the historical development of the sub-sector and at current activities.


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