This project will protect 7 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka from the threat of deforestation. We will create a protected area and plant additional nutmeg and gorikayi trees to help the local community generate income from the forest. We invite you to become a steward of this beautiful forest by sponsoring an area for protection.
Sri Lanka is one of the world's biodiversity hotspots. Its stunning forests teem with wildlife but are increasingly coming under threat from urban development. A large section of forest (27,500m2 or 7 acres) adjacent to the Forest Healing Foundation's current restoration project has recently become at risk of deforestation due to new roads to the area. We aim to protect it whilst supporting sustainable development in the region.
The Forest Healing Foundation will create a protected area on the land acquired. This will address the immediate urgency but we will also focus on the root cause of the problem. We will plant new fruit/spice trees in the forest and gift them to the local community to help provide an additional source of income from the forest. We will also run a series of community education and consultation events to co-create future solutions for forest conservation.
This project will deliver habitat protection for 62 species of birds and a wide range of animals. It will secure essential water retention and erosion control benefits for the local community and contribute to reducing global climate change. Financial support for at least 20 local families will be delivered through income from forest produce and we aim to create a best practice model of community-based conservation in Sri Lanka for wider rollout.