This paper examines the feasibility of technical efficiency improvement as an approach for forest conservation using a case study of saw milling in Sri Lanka. It shows that reduction of existing inefficiency helps prevent deforestation.
Time Preference and Natural Resource Use by Local Communities: The Case of Sinharaja Forest in Sri Lanka
Results show that individuals with a higher rate of time preference harvest more forest resources. The paper asserts that a long-term strategy for nature reserve protection would require poverty reduction in the peripheral communities.
South Asia's economic growth is expected to moderate to 7.7% in 2007 and rise slightly to 8% in 2008. Tight monetary policy measures taken by several countries in the region in 2006 are expected to dampen consumption while investment and growth in developed countries ease, according to a major ADB report released today.