NATIONAL FORESTRY POLICY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Forest Sector Development Division, Batteramulla
Development of the forestry sector has long been recognized as a crucial
factor in overall national development contributing not only to economic
growth, but also to environmental conservation and community well being.
The forestry sector has strong interrelations with other key sectors,
such as environment, agriculture, rural development, land use, energy,
industries, water supply and tourism etc. It provides much needed forestry
based products and services for other sectors to initiate productive economic
activities for the benefit of the country and the community,
Hence there is a need to integrate forestry policies with agriculture
rural development and other relevant sectoral policies. Similarly the
influence of external polices on the contribution of forest to sustainable
development is also equally important. It is therefore necessary to identify
broad inter-sectoral linkages and the principal institutes where there
are significant policy interactions.
Formulation of a National Forestry Policy (NFP) needs to be a process
with provision for updating it, as and when required, taking into account
the social, economical, environmental and political trends and priorities
of the country. The National Forestry Policy of 1995 has been formulated
based on this framework for sustainable development of the forestry sector
for the benefit of present and future generations.
Department of Forestry and Environmental Science,
of Sri Jayewardenepura,Sri Lanka. 1999. All rights reserved.