The time has come to link ecology to economic and human development.
— Edward O. Wilson
Vulnerable and unique ecosystems around the world are disappearing fast due to land use change and exploitation by man. In Sri Lanka 95% of the old growth forest coverage has been lost in the past century. Now the remnant forest patches are undergoing further fragmentation. Sri Lanka's unique forest systems are still regarded as one of the most biologically diverse sites in the world. We work with local communities to enhance and and restore degraded buffer zones and restore forest patches.
Many of the worlds 1.8 billion people facing poverty are engaged in primary agricultural production. In the past three decades the use of unsustainable practices such as chemical intensive farming has been introduced to poor communities as being effective. In Sri Lanka this has led to health and other socio-economic issues. We believe that sustainable production using traditional and organic systems lead to a healthy and empowered community.
Sri Lanka is small island in the Indian ocean that has varied and unique biodiversity. The island is home to over 6% of the worlds amphibian species. Just under a quarter of flowering plants found in Sri Lanka are endemic and most of these are found only in the rainforest ecosystems in the south of Sri Lanka. The country has varied ecological zones that support various habitats. We work in a number of these zones and engage in habitat conservation and restoration actions from the dwindling mangrove communities of the coast to the cloud forests of the central hills
Video: Community members from the north of Sri Lanka discussing water availability.