Monthly Archives: February 2020

Rainforest Protectors Chronicle – January 2020

Expanding the buffer zone of Sinharaja Rainforest

Rainforest Protectors Trust together with MAS Active Trading (Pvt) Ltd successfully completed the permanent protection of a privately held pristine rainforest bordering Sinharaja World Heritage Rainforest as part of a long-term initiative to protect Sinharaja rainforest through securing its buffer zone.  The newly protected area 2 acres in extent includes a beautiful crystal-clear water stream originating from Sinharaja rainforest and several old-growth trees providing habitat to many species including endemic freshwater fish, amphibians, mammals and birds. With this addition, Rainforest Protectors Trust has now protected a total of 6 acres within the Sinharaja buffer zone including a riverine rainforest bordering Kudawa river.

Exposed deforestation in Botiyatenna Rosemary watta region of Sinharaja World Heritage Rainforest

State Minister of Environment visited the deforestation site the next day following the exposure and promised to take action to prevent deforestation. Subsequent meetings were held to address the issue and to declare a 1km buffer zone as an environmentally sensitive area as well as create a bio-diversity corridor between Handapanella and Walankanda, a route used by the last 2 remaining rainforest elephants of Sinharaja.

Action against distribution of guns to shoot elephants

A protest and several meetings were held at Ministry of Environment related to distribution of guns to handle HEC and deforestation issues related to Sinharaja.

Exposed Pidurutalagala Deforestation

Action against private mini-hydro destroying Sri Pada Sanctuary and ecosystem

Sri Pada range private mini hydro halted temporarily for more than 4 months now. Girankitta oya mini hydro site visit held and numerous vilations were witnessed. CEA to take action.

Due to severe deforestation and encroachment during the past few decades, rivers that once flowed through Sinharaja rainforest now trickle outside its boundary. By protecting the buffer zone, Rainforest Protectors Trust intends to reconnect the lost rivers of Sinharaja in addition to securing the forest boundary and restoring the ecosystem.

Legal action against Kalpitiya Sand Mining

Working with local activists and supporting litigation / counseling against illegal sand mining in Kalpitiya.

Stopped illegal sand mining in Sinharaja rainforest

Busted an illegal sand mining activity on Kudawa river bordering Sinharaja rainforest with the support of Kalawana police station.

Forest fire prevention efforts

Coordinating with local stakeholders, sending teams to extinguish forest fires and creating awareness.

Muthurajawela Wetland Conservation Project

Site visits field visits and technology introduction is being discussed to better monitor and protect Muthurajawela wetland.

It is the responsibility of everyone and not just the environmentalists to take some responsibility towards stopping the ongoing massive destruction of our forests, rivers, streams, waterfalls and the pollution of air and water. Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka is a local environmental organization with support provided by only a few individuals. If you can help, please call 0777771348 or email RainforestProtectors@gmail.com


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