Below is a quick summary of our many campaigns and projects carried out in February/March 2019.
Conservation of Danaukanda Forest in Gampaha District
Investigated and exposed an illegal quarry operation in Danaukanda Forest situated in Weliweriya, Gampaha District. Subsequently, worked with Ministry of Environment to gazette the unprotected forest as a Sanctuary or Forest Reserve which is currently being carried out.
Reforestation at Lihiniyawa Halwalkele Bulathsinhala Dola
Many fragmented but high bio-diversity lowland rainforests in Sri Lanka are located in the Kalutara District under Walallavita Divisional Secretariat. Due to heavy deforestation in recent times, these areas once abundant with freshwater are now facing water crisis and collapse of the ecosystem. To combat these issues, Rainforest Protectors together with several Youth Organizations in the area and Walallavita Divisional Secretariat launched a reforestation project in March planting more than 200 native trees in deforested areas and stream buffer zone.
Securing the “Rainforest Protectors Trust” Kudawa Forest Boundary
Volunteers helped create a live fence using Gliricidia to secure the 4 acre riverine forest bordering Kudawa river protected by Rainforest Protectors Trust, in the buffer zone of Sinharaja which was under threat due to severe deforestation in the surrounding area.
Action against deforestation within Sinharaja Rainforest Complex
Many forests that are part of the Sinharaja Rainforest Complex but not given the same legal protection by the Government are facing severe deforestation issues. Some of these forests have much higher bio-diversity and ecological value than the existing Sinharaja core area. We are currently working towards getting law enforcement to stop illegal activities in the area and protect these pristine rainforests. More information will be released soon.
Muthurajawela Wetland Conservation Project
Compilation of a comprehensive document of all illegal filling and destruction taking place within Muthurajawela Wetland along with information of the responsible persons/companies which will be used towards enforcement and eviction.
Protect Deraniyagala Campaign
Working with affected communities in Deraniyagala where pristine rainforests and villages will be taken off the map in the guise of flood prevention in Colombo. While the natural flood regulating wetlands and paddy lands in Colombo and Gampaha District are destroyed at an alarming rate by both the Government and individuals, unsustainable white elephant projects have been approved by corrupt authorities to destroy the most pristine natural areas left in the country.
Action against Illegal Sand Mining
Investigated and successfully took action to stop an illegal sand mining operation at a sand deposit located in Parapamulla, Chilaw close to Deduru Oya that was being carried out under the guise of a fish project.
Protests Against Oil Palm Mafia
Participated in several village level protests held in Matara and Galle Districts.
Worked with the affected communities in the wet zone of Sri Lanka where expanding oil palm plantations have wrecked havoc the sensitive ecosystem and created many social issues.
Rakwana Reforestation Project
Monthly reforestation activities carried out at Rakwana Reforestation site with the next planting scheduled for this weekend March 30 & 31st. Call 0777771348 to join!https://www.facebook.com/events/2272025353119200/
Everyone needs to take some responsibility and join together to stop the ongoing massive destruction of our forests, rivers, streams, waterfalls and the pollution of air and water. If you can help, please call 0777771348 or email RainforestProtectors@gmail.com