Journal of Forest Research

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 195–199 | Cite as

Participatory forest conservation in Southwest lowland rainforests of Sri Lanka

  • Wataru Yamamoto
Short Communication


Natural forest in Sri Lanka has been decreased significantly in the last few decades. The remaining natural forests especially in floristic region seven have undergone less conservation efforts in the past. Considering the capacity of the government and dependence on forest resources by local villagers, the only way for conservation of these forests in the Southwest lowland is forest management through local participation. Management plans for community-based resource management have been completed. However promotion of such management requires integrated measures, which are beyond jurisdiction of Forest Department. A holistic approach with political commitment concerning buffer zone villages and economic incentives with income generation opportunities supported by external inputs are expected to be implemented as a matter of urgency.

Key words

biodiversity conservation community-based resource management participatory forestry Sri Lanka 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wataru Yamamoto
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  1. 1.RECS INTERNATIONAL Inc.TokyoJapan

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