Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka

by Forest Healing Foundation (Guarantee) Limited
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Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Beautiful clock vines in the forest
Beautiful clock vines in the forest

We are really pleased to connect with our kind donors near and afar once again this month. Please know that your support continues to make a huge difference for the people and biodiversity here in the heart of Sri Lanka and we cannot thank you enough for this.

This quarter, we had to take the ups with the downs. We lost someone incredibly special to the FHF family and she will always be here in the forest in our hearts. As the Sri Lankan economy continues to fall and imports of fuel and other vital resources slow, we are also faced with new challenges. Yet, once again, this is even more reason to do all we can for our forests and communities.

Here are some of the highlights and things we are working on:


1. Building our capacity and strategy
Our Foundation Coordinator, Emma, is almost at the end of a year-long course with the Yale School of Environment’s Environmental Leadership Training Initiative. This program is designed to support conservation capacity building for tropical forest conservation and restoration. Through the course, Emma has been developing the next phase of the Forest Healing Foundation’s strategy and the instructors have been providing fantastic input to help us grow our impact.

We are also very excited to welcome Dileepa Rajaguru to the FHF team. Dileepa is a local wildlife specialist, an amazing photographer (check out @wild_diaries_dileepa on Instagram) and trained environmental educator. He is going to bring some fantastic skills and knowledge to help us bring our next projects to life and it is great to have him on board.


2. Many more trees planted
Nel continues to lead our forest restoration efforts like a force of nature, literally. With lots more trees planted and many more in the nursery ready to go, a simple thing like economic collapse won’t stop Nel. We salute her!


3. Vanilla takes off!
Our Eko Land Spice initiative continues to grow and this quarter saw a lot of excitement about vanilla. Our first plants flowered and there was a flurry of activity as an expert from the village came to help us hand-pollinate them. You only have one day to pollinate each flower once it opens so time is of the essence! We also received our first vanilla crop from a local farmer for drying and made the first sale of the spice. Vanilla is exciting because it is more lucrative for farmers than many other local spices and also offers more climate resilience in our area. Congratulations to Nihal, Ganeshan, Madushika and all the Eko Land team.


4. Visitors back in the jungle
It was great to finally welcome visitors back to the jungle over the last few months. There have been lots of tours of our reforestation projects and a donation is made to the Foundation as part of all yoga retreats taking place. We love getting new ideas and inspiration from visitors so please get in touch if you’re heading our way!


So it has been an up and down quarter for sure, however we are buoyed by Nihal’s drive and energy (did we tell you he turned 70?!) and by Nel’s passionate commitment to healing the forest. This unstoppable pair are an incredible inspiration and we are sure that the great things are just beginning for the Forest Healing Foundation.. We look forward to updating you in another few months!

 

Stay safe and well.
All our best wishes,
Emma, Remon, Nihal, Nel and all the FHF Community

Spotted dove, Bululand Reforestation Project
Spotted dove, Bululand Reforestation Project
Dileepa, Remon and Nel
Dileepa, Remon and Nel

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Welcome to our quarterly update report where we share our latest news with you: our family of nature lovers and kind donors.

The last 3 months have continued to be challenging, especially the spread of COVID in Sri Lanka, but we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Our team is still spread in parts of Sri Lanka, the UK and elsewhere. However, some of our key members are returning to Digana this month and next, and we simply cannot wait!
 
The lockdown has forced us to put a dampener on our operations once again but we have been doing our best despite the circumstances. The unstoppable Nel has continued to plant and nurture trees where possible, including on our newly purchased Mee Hill. Our project highlights this quarter include:



1. Eko Land

Our Eko Land Produce initiative has continued to grow which has allowed us to work with other lands including former plantations where we are increasing their biodiversity by planting a variety of crop trees, flowers and native trees. One land in particular, a 15 acre land in Matale is now managed by us. It is a former cinnamon plantation which about 3 months ago had poor soil and insufficient forest cover. Since then, we have taken steps to improve the forest cover, soil and water retention to create a more balanced ecosystem that will also improve the crop yield.


2. UK Fundraising

Up in the North of England Richard and Sarah, who have been incredible supporters, have raised an incredible £2,250 (or $3000) through their Charity Walk Marathon in Stonehenge. After seeing some photos, it looked more like a swim than a walk but we cannot thank them enough for their efforts and bravery!

We would like to thank everyone who supported their walk and all those who continue to support our efforts. We always love to hear from you so feel free to get in touch at info@foresthealingsrilanka.org.

Kind wishes and stay safe,

Nihal, Remon, Emma and all the FHF Community

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Ayubowan from Digana!

Welcome to our quarterly update report where we share our latest news with you: our family of kind donors.

 

As you may have seen in the news, this quarter saw the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the region and Sri Lanka locked down once again. We are incredibly thankful that all our team are safe and well and our thoughts are with all those who have lost loved ones during these awful times.

 

The lockdown has forced us to put a dampener on our operations once again, but we have been doing our best despite the circumstances. Our project highlights this quarter include:

1. Volunteer Research Squad

A huge shout out to our fantastic volunteer research squad: Dui, Kaveetha, Rebecca, Rosie, Sashini and Sophie. The team gave up their free time to help us research different solutions for conserving forests whilst also supporting the livelihoods of local communities. They ran a great workshop with our Foundation Board to discuss their findings and identify which options could have the most impact in our local area. We are looking forward to the next phase as soon as the situation allows. Thank you to all our volunteers.

 

2. Eko Land

Our Eko Land Produce initiative was launched after the first COVID lockdown to help provide much-needed local jobs and an access to market for sustainable forest produce. We are thrilled that spices and dried fruits from the little village of Wepathana are making their way across oceans! Nihal, Remon and the team have now sent shipments to the USA, EU, UK and India. They are busy developing a new superfoods pack, which will include spices such as moringa, turmeric and cinnamon, all hand-picked and prepared by our local community. Visit www.ekoland.lk/home to find out more.

 

3. Mee Hill

Last quarter we were very excited to announce that another acre of threatened forest had been saved thanks to your generous donations. This area, named Mee Hill, is now under the care of our tree planting manager (and all around hero) Nel, who has been very busy. New trees are going in with lots of rich leaves and organic matter from the surrounding forest floor and mesh wire protection to keep them safe from the deer. Go Nel!

 

4. Fundraiser fun

A bit further afield, Foundation supporters Richard and Sarah in the UK have very kindly (and bravely!) set a goal of walking a marathon around the historic Stonehenge area to raise money for our forests. They will undertake their challenge in October and are already training hard. We are totally blown away and we send our thanks and best wishes once again. If you would like to support them, please visit: www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/stepsforforests.

 

As always, a huge thank you for your ongoing support. We always love to hear from you so feel free to get in touch at info@foresthealingsrilanka.org.

Kind wishes and stay safe,

Nihal, Remon, Emma and all the FHF Community

Chestnut-backed owlet in the forest
Chestnut-backed owlet in the forest

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Ayubowan,

We have some big updates from the jungle to bring you this quarter and, by complete fluke, have timed it well with the International Day of Forests on Sunday! Read on to hear about seven acres of forest being taken off the market, our rescue of a new plot of degraded forest and exciting plans looking forwards.

 

1. Mudalali Land

Our original goal to save a seven-acre plot of biodiverse forest called Mudalali Land had to be halted last month. The owner sadly passed away and our thoughts are with his family at this time. The land now passes to his son who has no wish to sell it so the forest is safe for the time being.

What does this mean for your donations? As you may be aware from our updates, the COVID-19 period has been tough for the rural communities surrounding us and we have seen a significant increase in land being put up for sale and trees being cut and sold for timber. We are very aware that we must take action quickly to both protect forests and support communities in need.

We are putting the funds raised towards protecting the large areas of surrounding forest that have come under threat since we launched the Mudalali Land campaign in March last year. The challenge faced is sadly bigger, not smaller, than it was a year ago so we are continuing to raise funds and work with the community to protect as much forest as possible. You will see some updates to the project page reflecting this shortly.

 

2. Forest plot rescued!

Our first step towards protecting more forest was securing a 0.7-acre plot of degraded forest located close to where our Foundation office is this week. The owner was looking to sell quickly and the land already has both water and electricity supply running nearby (a rarity!), which would make it a prime spot for development. Some of the larger trees on the plot have already been cut and sold for income, so our plan is to work with local schools to engage our community in the replanting process. By planting a mixture of fruit, spice and native trees we can also help provide additional income for people to collect the forest product whilst also supporting biodiversity.

We are absolutely thrilled to be able to protect this forest and are very grateful for your generous support. The area has been named Mee Hill after its steep gradient and the mee trees we are planting to help secure the soils.

 

3. Next steps

There are lots of new models emerging for helping communities make conservation work financially. We are currently recruiting a team of remote researchers to help us investigate these models and design trials to be carried out in our area. We are excited to share the findings with you in the coming months.

 

As always, thank you so much for your ongoing support. If you have any questions about the updates above, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@foresthealingsrilanka.org. We hope to be in touch with more forest protection news soon!

Best regards,

Nihal, Remon, Emma and the FHF Community

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It is probably fair to say that 2020 threw pretty much everyone’s plans out the window.. We had very little idea of what was coming our way when we launched our campaign to protect our local threatened forest in early March, although we would have of course gone for it anyway! We are really proud and grateful to be a third of the way towards our final fundraising goal after what was a tough year globally and we are ready to bring the energy in 2021.

To share the positive vibes, in this report we wanted to bring you some of our highlights from the past three months and reasons to be excited for 2021. Enjoy! 

 

October-December updates

  • We ran a number of fundraising initiatives in the last quarter, including a matching campaign to save another 200m2 of threatened forest and the creation of beautiful gift cards and e-cards. In total, we raised another $685 and we are so so grateful for the support!
  • To help local ecology students on their journey to becoming conservationists, we partnered with a new Sri Lankan brand, From The Roots, who are kindly donating to a student bursary fund for every item they sell. This fund will support travel and research costs for these students to conduct their own studies in our forest.
  • In November, the Government sadly went ahead and removed the protection of 700,000 hectares of Other State Forests. OK, so this isn’t a very good highlight, but we were genuinely really proud to come together with a huge number of organisations and individuals across the country to support the protection of these forests. Please check out our video here for some of the inspiring action.

 

Reasons to be excited for 2021

1. Emerging from the darkness

It is early days still but the new vaccines are finally offering a light at the end of the tunnel. We can’t wait be able to get out and get stuck in with our projects in the community. We will also be able to invite people (especially amazing people like you) into our forest to work with us and enjoy the nature. Hopefully you can come say hi!

2. Global momentum on forests and climate

It is a HUGE year for the future of our planet. The COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow, the launch of the new post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and Goals, the start of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the US rejoining the Paris Agreement and corporate leadership through science-based targets for nature. 2021 is the big one and we invite you to join us in pressing for action (i.e. not pledges, action!).

3. New ideas and opportunities

There are loads of exciting new conservation and reforestation ideas coming through at the moment, e.g. tree mortgaging in India and community seed collection and dispersal networks in Brazil. We are always keen to learn from others so please send us any great initiatives you come across too.

 

How you can help: We are looking for individuals who are up for undertaking a fundraising challenge and businesses who might be interested in donating to save the forest here before it is too late. If you or anyone you know would like to get involved, please contact us at info@foresthealingsrilanka.org.

 

Thank you again for your ongoing support and we wish you a happy, healthy and safe new year,

Nihal, Henk, Remon, Emma and the FHF Team

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Location: Digana - Sri Lanka
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Nihal Ellegala
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