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Rainforest Protectors Chronicle – November/December 2018

Below is a quick summary of our many campaigns and projects carried out in November/December 2018.

Permanent Protection of 4 acre privately held riverine forest patch in Sinharaja Buffer Zone

Rainforest Protectors Trust scored the first major victory when it successfully purchased and permanently protected a 4 acre privately held highly biodiverse riverine forest patch in Sinharaja Buffer Zone on November 30, 2018. Having mapped the Northern section of Sinharaja Buffer Zone, the Trust is currently working towards protecting hundreds of more pristine rainforest acres currently under private ownership before they are gone forever.

Action against deforestation at Nochchiagama Andarawewa Forest Reserve

Took action against illegal construction activity within Nochchiagama Andarawewa Forest Reserve in Anuradhapura District which has been causing wild elephants to move to surrounding villages increasing human-elephant conflict. A press conference was successfully held along with the village leaders to expose the issue.


Rakwana Reforestation Project – November 24/25

Rakwana reforestation project was successfully carried out on November 24 & 25, 2018 with more than 30 students from University of Colombo participating to plant hundreds of endemic and native saplings to extend the planting area to 10 acres and growing.


Continued community empowerment against ecologically destructive Oil Palm plantations

Throughout the last two months, we 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. To read more about the issues surrounding the oil palm expansion in Sri Lanka and our work to help the villagers and protect the ecosystem, please read the article below.


Joint community action and protest campaign against dumping Colombo garbage in Puttalam Lagoon/Aruwakkalu

As part of a large protest campaign organized by religious and community organizations in Puttalam against the Government plan to dump Colombo’s garbage in the ecologically sensitive Wilpattu Buffer Zone and subsequently bordering Puttalam Lagoon, gave a speech with details of the current garbage crisis and the Government’s inaction towards Waste-to-Energy initiatives despite many companies submitting proposals to setup at no cost to the Government/Taxpayer (on Build-Own-Operate basis) during the last 4 years. Due to corruption, unfortunately the option chosen by the Government (transport/dump garbage by train on a daily basis) at a cost of US$ 107 million, is a massive burden to the taxpayer and disastrous to the ecologically rich Puttalam lagoon and Wilpattu buffer zone.

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Educating the public on deforestation and ecological issues through media

Participated in the Open Mic program on Ada Derana to educate the public on deforestation and ecological issues currently faced by our country. Watch the entire episode via the link below.


Action against destroying Core Zone of Sinharaja Rainforest using heavy machinery

Led a large media campaign to stop the destruction carried out by Forest Department using JCB machines within core zone of Sinharaja Rainforest to create a road for tourist vehicles which would have a devastating effect on the sensitive ecosystem. As a result of our timely action, the Conservator General made a statement that vehicles will not will be allowed.පුවත්/පාරවල්-හදන-මුවාවෙන්-සිංහරාජය-වනසන-තැතක

Additionally, action against destruction of Muthurajawela wetland and private mini-hydro projects which are drying up of hundreds of streams, rivers and waterfalls are ongoing through community mobilization, media exposure and meetings with respective authorities.

While a lot of progress was made this year towards conservation and protection of our natural heritage, the ever increasing threats demand us even more in 2019.

We are looking for volunteers who can help us in the field and donors who can help fund our monthly expenses. Please call 0777771348 or email for details.


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Rakwana Reforestation Project (September 9 & 10, 2017)

We wish to thank all those who participated or helped in various ways to make the native tree planting on September 9 / 10th, 2017 weekend a success despite the rain. We also thank MAS Intimates (Pvt) Ltd for their sponsorship towards this important reforestation project. Out of 630 plants which were transported to the site, 550 were planted. The species include Ashoka, Wal Del, Kumbuk, Mee, Beli, Kos, Maadan, Kohomba, Lunumidella, Atamba, and many more. The remaining 80 plants are currently under 2 caretakers.

Through Rakwana Reforestation Project, we aim to initially reforest a 20 acre hilltop destroyed due to human induced forest fire. The hilltop is situated in North-Eastern Sinharaja World Heritage Rainforest within close proximity to Rakwana town and directly adjoining Galdola Waterfall.

We plan to have the next session to expand the planting area and plant more native saplings on October 7-8 weekend.

To get involved in this project, please call 0777771348 or email












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Rakwana Reforestation / රක්වාන නැවත වනවගාව

රක්වාන ප්‍රදේශයේ සිංහරාජයට යාබද ගින්නෙන් විනාශ වී ගිය කන්ඳක නැවත වනවගාවක් කිරීමට වැසි වනාන්තර සුරකින්නෝ සංගමය සැකසුම් කර ඇත. මෙහි පලමු අදියර ලෙස අක්කර 20ක භූමි ප්‍රදේශයක් නැවත වැසි වනාන්තරයක් කිරීමට බලාපොරොත්තු වන අතර, ගිනි පටි සකස් කර ගින්නෙන් විය හැකි විනාශය අවම කිරීමටද බලාපොරොත්තු වේ. ඒ සම්බන්ධව ප්‍රදේශයේ පුරවැසියන් දැනුවත් කිරීමේ වැඩසටහනක් මාර්තු මස 9 වන බ්‍රහස්පතින්දා රක්වාන පන්සලේදී පවත්වන ලදි. මෙයට වැසි වනාන්තර සුරකින්නෝ සංගමයේ සාමාජිකයින් දෙදෙනෙක් සහභාගි වූ අතර, ප්‍රදේශයේ ආගමික නායකයින්ද, ග්‍රාම නිලධාරී මහතාද, රක්වාන වන අඩවි නිලධාරී මහතාද, රක්වාන ප්‍රජා සංවිධාන කිහිපයක නායකයින්ද පැමිණ සිටියහ. ගිනි පටි සෑදීම හැකි ඉක්මනින් ප්‍රජා සංවිධාන සහය ඇතිව සිදු කිරීමට නියමිත අතර ඉන් පසුව පැල සිටවීම කිරීමට අප බලාපොරොත්තු වේ. පැල සිටවීමට දිනය තීරණය කල පසු ඒ සඳහා සාමාජිකයින්ට ආරාධනා කිරීමට බලාපොරොත්තු වෙමු.

Rakwana Reforestation Project is an initiative by Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka to replant native trees in forest land adjoining Sinharaja Rainforest that has been destroyed by human-induced fire. The first phase will involve reforesting 20 acres along with creation of fire belts to prevent spreading of fire in the future. To kick off the initiative and get the support of villagers, a meeting was held at Rakwana Temple on Thursday March 9th. Two members of Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka, Grama Niladhari, Clergy, officer from Rakwana forest conservation department and several village organizations attended this meeting to pledge their support. Creation of fire belts will be done soon as possible with the help of villagers after which we will do the plantings. We will send an announcement when the planting is scheduled.