Economic Benefits of Sri Lanka Community Forestry Program (SLCFP)
Australian High Commission, Colombo, Sri Lanka
- *Corresponding Author:
- Fernando SD
Senior Program Officer
Australian High Commission
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Tel: 0094 77 302 10 95
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: Feburary 20, 2017; Accepyed date: Feburary 27, 2017; Published date: March 02, 2017
Citation: Fernando D (2017) Economic Benefits of Sri Lanka Community Forestry Program (SLCFP). J Ecosys Ecograph 7:247. doi: 10.4172/2157-7625.1000247
Copyright: © 2017 Fernando D. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The Sri Lanka Community Forestry Program (SLCFP) commenced in 2012 and was completed in December 2016. The program design was based on the ‘Strategy for Community Forestry Management’ developed by the Forest Department (FD) in 2008. The community forestry approach is well established in Sri Lanka and agrees with Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) environmental and economic development strategies for the country. Rural communities also accepted the community forestry concept as it provides various benefits including increased forest cover, increased income and livelihood support.