PARTICIPATION IN RAISING SEEDINGS FOR REFORESTATION: EVIDENCE FROM THE
PARTICIPATORY FORESTRY PROJECT
Anura S A Saturusinghe and A Widanapathirana
The involvement of peasants, including women and rural organizations,
in raising seedings for reforestation is an important feature of the Participatory
Forestry Project (PFP) being implemented by the Forest Department (FD).
It is anticipated that much of the total requirement of seedlings will
be produced through small-scale nurseries managed by peasants and their
organizations. The programme of private nurseries has been in operation
under the PFP since 1993. By the end of 1994, there were 236 private nurseries
and another 10 managed by rural organizations located in 17 districts
where the project is being implemented. The total number of seedlings
produced in these nurseries was 1,196,377 representing over 50 percent
of the requirement for that year.
This paper discusses some of the preliminary findings pertaining to people's
participation in seedling production. Among the main issues discussed
in the paper are the main achievements of this component, its socio-economic
benefits and the changing scenario of people's attitudes towards reforestation
through their involvement in seedling production. Based on the analysis,
the paper finally emphasizes the importance of getting the peasants involved
in the production of seedings required for reforestation.
Department of Forestry and Environmental Science,
of Sri Jayewardenepura,Sri Lanka. 1999. All rights reserved.