SUSTAINABLE TIMBER AND FUEL WOOD PRODUCTION: A NEW APPROACH
K Ajith L D Silva
Extension and Communication Centre, Department of Agriculture
Forests can be ranked in the foremost frontier in mankind. This natural
resource, which is one of the most important resource has fostered the
mankind from its beginning to sustain its life and continue to do so even
though man does not realize and respect for it.
Currently, the worldwide anthropogenic deforestation is ever increasing
and the man has engaged in this destructive process due to the shortsighted
greediness and negligence. The services obtained from forests is no second
to any other services enjoyed by man.
In addition to encroachments of forests, high rate of timber and fuel
wood extraction led to the diminishing of forest cover today.
A tree planting programme followed by a careful management system in suitable
locations can reduce the pressure on natural forests for timber. The most
feasible way of achieving this is by organizing programmes with the participation
of school children. Policies also should be formulated to utilize the
school promises to grow valuable and suitable timber species. This task
should be delegated to the school children where by they will raise funds
for the development of the school while fulfilling a national responsibility.
Such a programme drawn for 1000 schools may contribute Rs. 2000 million
in every 10 years.
Similarly, a sustainable fuel wood planting campaign can also be launched
in the identified scrublands of Sri Lanka. This would greatly reduce the
energy crisis in the country while providing a large number of employment
opportunities and protecting the natural environment.
Department of Forestry and Environmental Science,
of Sri Jayewardenepura,Sri Lanka. 1999. All rights reserved.