Rainforest Protectors Trust - Update December 2022
By Sriyantha Perera | Settlor, Rainforest Protectors Trust
Rainforest Protectors Trust was established in 2017, to purchase and permanently protect privately held forest lands within close proximity to rainforest reserves in Sri Lanka with the ultimate goal of creating protected buffer zones and biodiversity corridors thus reducing deforestation and enabling conservation of endemic species. We have been successful in protecting 4 tracts of formerly unprotected private forests but have a daunting task ahead as we fight against time to save hundreds of acres of unprotected forest land before they are clearcut for human settlements. We do our best to negotiate with the sellers to get the lowest price thus maximizing the return of your donations to the cause. The average purchase cost has been just $1,000 per acre Due to skyrocketing inflation, even reforestation of an acre costs much higher due to increased labor costs. Therefore, protecting existing forest land rich in biodiversity should be a top priority.
During this giving season, we urge our donors to please consider supporting our conservation efforts but making a one-time or better yet a recurring monthly donation. Your donation will help many endemic species, including the Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Sri Lanka Red Faced Malkoha, Black Ruby Barb (Barbus nigrofasciatus), Lipstick Goby (Scicyopua jonklaasi) and many other species that are currently in danger of going extinct.
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