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Save 7 acres of beautiful forest in Sri Lanka

by Forest Healing Foundation (Guarantee) Limited
Save 7 acres of beautiful forest in Sri Lanka
Save 7 acres of beautiful forest in Sri Lanka
Save 7 acres of beautiful forest in Sri Lanka
Save 7 acres of beautiful forest in Sri Lanka
Save 7 acres of beautiful forest in Sri Lanka
Save 7 acres of beautiful forest in Sri Lanka
Save 7 acres of beautiful forest in Sri Lanka
Save 7 acres of beautiful forest in Sri Lanka
Save 7 acres of beautiful forest in Sri Lanka
Save 7 acres of beautiful forest in Sri Lanka
Save 7 acres of beautiful forest in Sri Lanka
Save 7 acres of beautiful forest in Sri Lanka
We were finalists in Global Giving's Photo Contest
We were finalists in Global Giving's Photo Contest

The last quarter has flown by already and we are pleased to send you our second update report.

Thank you again for your kind donation and ongoing support. Over the past few months we have seen all too clearly how pressure on economies can translate into pressure on forests, especially in lower income countries, and so your donation means more than ever to our Foundation and our community. Thank you.

 

Some of our highlights since our last report include:

-        Launching a partnership with eco-travel company, Feel The World, to protect a further 500m2 of the forest and to fund fruit and spice tree planting with local farmers;

-        Leading a campaign to maintain a piece of legislation that protects over half a million hectares of Sri Lanka’s forests, which the Government had proposed removing and has stepped back to reassess after public outcry;

-        Some spectacular wildlife sightings in the forest, including the latest arrival of wild boar piglets two nights ago!

-        Helping to launch a community forest produce business, which provides financial incentives for landowners to conserve their trees by paying them a fair price for the fruits and spices produced.

 

However, it has not all been smooth sailing. Whilst Sri Lanka managed to contain COVID-19 impressively well, the economic impacts are unfortunately now starting to bite. We have seen escalating deforestation rates in our local area and several protected areas across Sri Lanka have also come under threat as people seek short-term income generation opportunities.

This all emphasizes the urgency of our project to protect the forest here. We named the project area Mudalali Land after the Sinhala word for businessman, in honour of its current owner, and he is indeed being a true mudalali! Whilst we have raised enough money to purchase one of the three portions of land making up the plot for protection, he is refusing to sell them individually.. But we will not let this faze us! We battle on to save the forest.

Be sure to look out for a new campaign starting at 9am ET on Monday 14 September across our social media channels. Over the course of 5 days, GlobalGiving will be matching all small donations (up to $50) at 50%, which means that you can protect an extra 5m2 of forest for every 10m2 you sponsor. We are targeting protecting another 200m2 of forest and would hugely appreciate your help, either through any sponsorship you can offer or simply by sharing our posts.

 

Thank you again for your ongoing support and we wish all the best to your community from ours.

Nihal, Henk, Remon, Emma and the FHF Team

Our community produce initiative is taking off
Our community produce initiative is taking off
500m2 forest protected with Feel The World Travel
500m2 forest protected with Feel The World Travel

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A huge thank you again for your kind donation towards protecting seven acres of biodiverse Sri Lankan forest and welcome to our first update report.

Your donation is making a big difference. You have helped us raise enough funds to protect 1.75 acres or 7000m2 of forest – approximately the size of a football pitch! This is an incredible achievement and a big help to the local community, the 62 bird species and the many other creatures living here. We are now able to enter negotiations to secure one of the three plots that the forest under threat is divided into and we are excited to update you as these negotiations progress.

Unfortunately, it would be amiss of us not to mention the impact of the coronavirus over the last few months. As in many other countries, the curfews here in Sri Lanka put a halt to much of our operations and fundraising. It was a difficult time for us watching deforestation increase across the Amazon and also much closer to home, with an area of stunning forest cleared not five minutes from our front door. However, this period has also reinforced our resolve to fight to protect the forest and do all we can to look after the precious nature here.

And there are some silver linings! The declining economy may actually result in lower land prices, so we can negotiate a better rate for protecting more of the forest. We were also able to use our time in jungle lockdown to try to help as many people as we could to stay connected to nature and that includes you! Be sure to check out:

Thank you again for your ongoing support and please reach out to us if you have any questions, comments or ideas. We hope you and your families are keeping well and we send all our best wishes to you from the jungle. We will keep you updated and hope to have exciting news to share about the forest protection very soon!

Kind regards,

Nihal, Henk, Remon, Emma and the FHF Team

Nearby deforestation
Nearby deforestation
FHF Team bringing the energy
FHF Team bringing the energy
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Forest Healing Foundation (Guarantee) Limited

Location: Digana - Sri Lanka
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Twitter: @ForestSri
Project Leader:
Nihal Ellegala
Digana, Sri Lanka

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