The first site converted by Rainforest Recue International , known as Ambalagedara (6°23’5.23”N, 80°20’28.38”E), lies close to the Southern border of the Sinharaja forest. When RRI initiating the program that time Ambelegedara is a degraded cinnamon cultivated land. As a major threat to the forest integrity comes from encroachment along this border, the site is important as a buffer zone between the virgin forest and the growing human impact. There are 13 other adjacent natural forest areas which also help to create this buffer zone; however their boundaries still remain relatively undefined. (Centre, 2018). Now this 11 acre restored forest act as a Bio link between Kanneliya Man and Biosphere reserve and Sinharaja World heritage site.
Mixtures of pioneer and climax species have been planted in this land. At this moment, the particular land has become a secondary forest patch. It provides habitats for small creatures. RRI has involved conserving lot of floral and faunal species through this secondary forest. Plants in different level of stratification can be seen in this forest.
In early 2015 Belipola was start up programs for community based service tourism. It has provided us and our community with so much enrichment, connection and joy. Since 2014 Belipola has been hosting guests and volunteers at the center. We take an educational approach to visiting. Everyone gets to experience the forest for its aesthetics, but also to learn about the issues facing forests and landscapes in our area. We teach the basics of Analog Forestry and organic farming to everyone who visits Belipola and people often learn about trees, plants, biodiversity, forest garden processing and they get to eat from the bounty of the forest.