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.



Forestry and Land-Use Planning

In discussing the integration of forestry into a land-use planning system, it must not be forgotten that Sri Lanka had, for a long time, an extensive forest cover which provided good environmental conditions for healthy and prosperous living. In short, the country had what could be termed a "forest culture" of its own. At that time, man was closely linked with forests and the environment in general with which he lived in relative harmony, whilst practising agriculture.


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