Sri Lanka Plant a Rainforest Project
The rainforests of Sri Lanka are one of the most threatened ecosystems on the planet. Two thirds of the rainforest that existed 15 years ago have been cleared for development with total cover now less than a few thousand hectares.
The Sinharaja Reserve located in the south of the island is one of the largest remaining forest patches and was declared a World Heritage site in 1988. It is regarded as one of the world's top 25 biodiversity hot spots and is home to an incredible array of creatures including 60 species of animals which are only found in the forests of the Sinharaja.
Rainforest Rescue's Sri Lanka Plant a Rainforest Project is working in partnership with Rainforest Rescue International (RRI) to create a rainforest corridor between the two largest remaining rainforest areas in south-west Sri Lanka, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve and the nearby Kanneliya Forest.
By establishing biodiversity corridors the project aims to protect and increase habitat and conservation areas for vulnerable rainforest species.
Importantly the project is also working to support local communities through community education programs, and through alternative and sustainable employment opportunities in rainforest conservation.