Forest Resources Management Project (FRMP)
In the past, communities in Sri Lanka were largely excluded from forest management and a major function of the State Forestry Administration was to prevent illegal logging and encroachment of forests. With the revision of the National Forest policy, a more integrated approach for forest management has been introduced. The project assisted in the implementation of participatory sustainable forest management of a spatially demarcated Permanent Forest Estate. Overall objective was to increase forest protection while at the same time enhancing the access of local communities to forests to create employment and development.
- Operationalisation of National Forest policy towards multi-stakeholder involvement, decentralization of forestry services.
- Development of Integrated Forest Resource Management Plans (IFRMP).
- Planning and implementation of forest resource inventories, database development and establishment, capacity building regarding the application of GPS, GIS MIS and IT technology; development of an Environmental Information and Management System for identification of biodiversity conservation priorities and for progress monitoring.
- Buffer zone development and enhancement of forest diversity; participatory identification and demarcation of forest boundaries; data collection and development of maps of forest types; improvement of tenure rights to help re-establish tree cover on shifting cultivated forestlands; introduction of agro forestry techniques. assessment of opportunities for forest certification.
- Technical assistance to maximize the value of existing commercial woodlots; rehabilitation and management of degraded plantations and facilitation of private sector investments; forest seed and stand improvement.
- Improvement of technical knowledge of all partners towards better forest conservation and management practices; institutional development, curricula development for conservation forestry, commercial forestry and social forestry; development of training programmes regarding resource assessment and planning, PA management, co-management, forestry research, monitoring, etc., training of trainers.
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