I. ROLE OF TEA IN DEVELOPMENT IN SRI LANKA
C. Limitations and challenges for incorporating environmental considerations into policy decisions for the tea sector
With the privatization of State plantations being vigorously pursued, the focus on environmental issues pertaining to the plantation sector, particularly the tea sector, becomes somewhat complicated and challenging. It appears that those issues are not enforceable through contracts with the private sector at the time of privatization, for example, land-use issues related to environmental degradation. Therefore, those issues may need to be addressed more through normal laws and regulations, while at the same time taking into account developmental needs. In that context, balancing enforcement measures with awareness and training through assistance programmes appears to be a big challenge for the authorities.