Tree planting activity on Cinnamon Rainforest Restoration Project at Sinharaja by Ruk Rakaganno And JKH volunteers held on 21/05/2022.
Sunday Times Feature Article on Cinnamon Rainforest Restoration Project. (Published 27th Feb 2022)
Soragune is located in the Baddulla district of the Uva province. It lays to the south of Haldummulla and is drained by the Weli Oya and its branches. The Weli Oya joins the Walawe Ganga further south, as it flows into the Walawe National Park. It is an area of forest and savannah noted for its elephants. However, there are a number of other notable species, including wild cats, deer, fishing cats, otters, and deer, among a range of flora, such as savannah grasslands and riverine forests.
The Tsunami which hit in 2004 devastated the coastal areas and the vegetation protecting the land. It was found that in areas where there was coastal vegetation, the tsunami caused less damage, than where there was not. Ruk Rakaganno collaborated with schools to replant trees and shrubs such as Pandanus, Spinifex, and Barringtonia in the South and South East coastal areas.
The Dambulla Arboretum was established in 1963 by Mr. Sam Popham on 7.5 acres of degraded chena land in he Dambulla area, the dry heartland of Sri Lanka. Mr.Popham helped local indigenous trees to survive by getting rid of the invasives and established this Arboretum of indigenous Dry Zone trees. He gifted the Arboretum to the Institute of Fundamental Studies (IFS) in 1989 before he left Sri Lanka for the UK. The IFS called for managers in 2005 and Ruk Rakaganno took over the management of the Arboretum.
It is necessary to keep our beaches clean if we hope to keep our oceans clean. Beaches are home to various creatures. When the tides rise, it collects items on the beach and takes these out to the sea, It later goes to the oceans and gets eaten by the marine life. 100 million marine mammals each year are said to be suffering from plastics and rubbish sent by us to the ocean, The beaches bordering Colombo are getting dirtier and dirtier as people throw their plastic and broken glass bottles and candy wrappings on to the beach. Even personal domestic waste is sometimes found on the beach.
The Women's Environment Center was set up in 1992 in order to focus on women's environmental problems, particularly in the rural areas, and to involve women in the struggle for a better environment. These women have to find their own sources of water, firewood and food. The destruction of forests depletes the water and fuel sources, supplementary foods and local medicines which they collect from forest sources. This destruction of the environment affects them a great deal, as it is the woman's role to find these resources.