Department of Forestry and Environmental Science
UNIVERSITY OF SRI JAYEWARDENPURA, SRI LANKA ../
FORESTRY AND ENVIRONMENT SYMPOSIUM
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H Mahinda Goonasekara
The silvicultural activity together with the Timber Harvesting and the Timber Processing Industrial activities, form the Forestry Sector Economy. The principal product of the silvicultural activity -wood- cannot be valued to optimum, without a corresponding Organization and Management of the Timber Harvesting and Timber Processing activities. This Sector presents a special importance to our National Economy, for a number of good reasons. In order to recognized the Socio-Economic importance of the Forestry Sector, it is necessary to take into consideration, the production function as well as the protection function of the Forests. The production function of the Forest consist of supplying a gamut of material goods, among which Timber occupies the most important place. If well looked after and managed to posterity, the forests could ensure for an unlimited period, a sustainable Forest products and services development, and consequently the development of the Timber processing Industries. Timber as a natural product of the Forest is regenerated. The protection functions of the Forest present an ever increasing importance to the society with its diversifying interests in view the Scientific and the Technological achievements, along with the Socio-economic and Environmental demands. Ways and means of Evaluating the Socio-economic functions fulfilled by the Forests, are discussed in this paper. Development of the Forest Industry Base, as an object of the activists Foresters and Forest enterprises, and some useful Economic Indicators for a more comprehensive study of the Forest Industry base, as an objective of the activists Foresters and Forest Enterprises, and some useful Economic Indicators for a more comprehensive study of the Forest Industry Base, are also discussed.
Department of Forestry and Environmental Science,