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Rainforest Rescue International in a Nutshell

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We work to protect vulnerable environments through ecosystem restoration, development of sustainable livelihoods, education, research and advocacy.

Established in 2002 by a group of environmentalists to rescue rainforest plants under threat from logging and new developments we have grown to:

  • Support seven plant nurserie
  • Train over 1,000 farmers in organic agriculture
  • Educate over 4,000 children in environmental conservatio
  • Restore more than 1,000 acres of land
  • Plant nearly one million trees

Why Sri Lanka?

The beautiful island of Sri Lanka is a world biodiversity hotspot, making it one of the 25 most ecologically important places on earth. Despite this diverse natural heritage, and the establishment of protected areas, Sri Lanka’s native species remain highly threatened through:

  • Habitat loss :About 95% of the wet zone forest has been lost due to expansion of plantations, encroachment, poaching and extraction of forest products such as timber, firewood and medicinal plants.
  • Agrochemicals :Use of agrochemicals pose a serious threat to the quality of ecosystem services and severely affects habitats of margin species such as amphibians.
  • Invasive species :Competition from invasive and exotic species, with native plants, have affected habitats from ridge to reef.
  • Climate change :Both native flora and fauna are under threat from altered weather patterns caused by climate change.
  • Tsunami damage :The 2004 tsunami damaged coastal ecosystems by stripping land of vegetation and leaving deposits of sand, mud and debris over reef and coastal beds.

Our manifesto

We conserve and restore vulnerable environments. From rainforest to reef, we work to protect Sri Lanka’s globally important natural heritage.

Our programmes use Analog Forestry methods to achieve a balance between biodiversity conservation and community sustainability. This approach uses planting designs which combine fast-growing forest ecosystems with organic crop cultivation. This enables communities to develop income opportunities while increasing the biodiversity of their land. Through empowerment programmes, we transfer the maintenance and protection of these areas to the people that live and work in them.

We believe education and capacity building are essential elements of every programme. Whether working with individuals to improve home-gardens, with schools on biodiversity, or with CBOs to replant a barren area, we empower people to make informed lifestyle choices to help protect their natural environment.

We are also committed to the training and development our staff, to enable us to continue to deliver innovative and research-based programmes.

Our livelihood programmes aim to create a strong link between communities and their environment. Through ongoing community training and support in organic and sustainable farming, we empower people to generate alternative incomes while protecting and restoring native biodiversity.

We believe successful programmes are founded on solid research and innovative ideas. Most of our work is of a developmental nature, with experimentation, monitoring and application of findings integral to each project. We use our research to support and strengthen our work.

Our advocacy programme brings together local communities and governing authorities to create positive change. By fostering these important working relationships the long-term sustainability of our programmes is promoted from the very start of each project.

We work as part of a network of environmental organisations – and network whenever appropriate.