Mini-Hydro Projects – Negligible Amount of Energy at the Expense of Massive Ecological Destruction, Social Issues and Loss of Tourism Income [PDF]
Handapanella Elephant Corridor of Sinharaja World Heritage Rainforest Destroyed for Water Bottling Plant (July 2019)Handapan Ella rainforest part of Sinharaja Rainforest Complex and an important elephant corridor of the last two remaining lowland rainforest elephants in Sri Lanka is being destroyed in disguise of constructing a water bottle project. 8 pristine acres of rainforest has been burnt and valuable endemic trees has been cut down. Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka immediately contacted the person who is claimed to be behind this destruction and was informed no approvals were taken for such project or clearing of the forest. Consequently, government authorities were informed by Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka requesting legal action and ensuring the elephant corridor and the environmentally sensitive area are protected.
හඳපාන්ඇල්ල, සිංහරාජ අලිමංකඩ බැකෝ යන්ත්ර යොදා ගනිමින් වනසයි.
හඳපාන්ඇල්ල, සිංහරාජ අලි සංක්රමණ භූමිය වනසයි (VIDEO)
Massive Deforestation within Knuckles World Heritage Cloudforest (January 2019)Together colloborating with the media, we exposed massive deforestation issue taking place at Knuckles World Heritage Cloudforest. A road several kilometers long has been cut right through the heart of the protected reserve without any environmental impact assesment. Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka is asking authorities to take immediate action against all those who are responsible.
නකල්ස් රක්ෂිතය තුල දැවැන්ත වන සංහාරයක් (VIDEO)
Protecting the Last Two Elephants of Sinharaja World Heritage Rainforest (June 2018)Discussion with Minister of Wildlife and submitting letters/offering solutions to relevant Government authorities to mitigate human-elephant conflict in Sinharaja World Heritage Rainforest.
Protecting the Last Two Elephants of Sinharaja World Heritage Rainforest
Request to Gazette Kudumeeriya Rainforest as an Environmentally Protected Area (February 2018)සිංහරාජයේ කුඩුමීරිය වැසිවනාන්තරය පාරිසරික ආරක්ෂක කලාපයක් ලෙස ගැසට් කිරීමට යෝජනාවලිය [PDF]
Vanishing eco-system of world renowned Kitulgala (November 2017)Point endemic and critically endangered fresh water fish and flora in danger due to Kitulgala private mini-hydro project
සුන්දර කිතුල්ගල වනසන මිනි හයිඩ්රෝ මාෆියාව
Kitulgala at Risk due to private mini hydro plant
Protest against Ecological Destruction due to Mini-Hydro Projects (January 2017)A public protest organized by Environmental groups including Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka, along with village socities will be held in front of Central Environmental Authority headquarters on Wednesday January 25, 2017 from 9:30am till noon to demand immediate halt of mini-hydro projects that are causing severe ecological and social issues around the country.
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දිය ඇලි, ගංගා හා දොළ විනාශ කරමින් සිදුවන මහා පරිසර විනාශයට එරෙහි ජනතා විරෝධය
Encroachment Threatens Dunumadalawa Rainforest in Kandy (December 2016)Dunumadalawa rainforest and reservoir that supply water to city of Kandy is in danger due to severe encroachment. Reported to authorities and media by Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka.
මහනුවර නගරයට ජලය සපයන දුනුමඩලාව රක්ෂිතය අනතුරේ
Ethamala Ella Falls Destroyed for Mini-Hydro Project (September 2016)Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka reported and campaigned against the destruction of Ethamala Ella falls, the only waterfall of Nilwala River, due to a private mini-hydro project.
‘ඇතාමළ ඇල්ල’ අවසන් හුස්ම හෙලමින්…
Handapan Ella Forest Set on Fire(April 2016)Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka reported and followed up on an incident of human induced fire at Handapan Ella Forest in Rakwana. Campaign is targeted at identifying the culprits, replanting the site with native trees and prevention of future incidents.
Handapan Ella Forest Set on Fire
Campaign to stop destruction of rainforests in Sri Lanka from mini-hydro projects (February 2016)Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka submitted the following letter to UNFCCC, UN-REDD, UNEP, UNESCO, IUCN as well as local government authorities highlighting the explosive growth of mini-hydro projects within protected rainforests and their buffer zones which threaten the endemic flora and fauna as well and destroy pristine streams and waterfalls.
Environmental Impact due to Destruction of Rainforests for Mini-Hydro Projects
Campaign to stop destruction of Anda Dola in Dellawa Rainforest (January 2016)Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka submitted all evidence of massive destruction to Dellawa rainforest and Anda Dola (a tributary of Gin Ganga) due to construction activities of a mini-hydro project to relevant government authorities. Further, a media campaign was carried out successfully, to bring attention to the issue.
ආඳා දොල මහා පරිසර විනාශයක්
Massive Environmental Destruction due to Anda Dola Mini-Hydro Project
Wet Zone Mini-hydro projects destroying rain forests, says Rainforest Protectors
සිංහරාජයට අයත් දෙල්ලව වැසිවනාන්තරයටත් වැඩේ දෙයි
Campaign to stop destruction of Sinharaja Koskulana River (November 2015)Upon identifying massive damage done to Sinharaja World Heritage Rainforest buffer zone at Koskulana river due to an illegal mini-hydro project, an all out campaign was launched to get the authorities to take action as well as educate the public on the issue which has been kept secret by Central Environmental Authority. No Environmental Impact Assesment nor public notice / comment period has been carried out for this project that is being done at a World Heritage Rainforest and directly impacting river buffer zone.
ලෝක උරුම සිංහරාජය නැවතත් වනසයි
Ecological Disaster at Sinharaja World Heritage Rainforest due to Koskulana Mini-Hydro Project
Vandalised! Forest Department initiates legal action against a mini hydro power project in the Sinharaja
Campaign to solve garbage issue at Bopath Ella (October 2015)Rainforest Protectors, drafted and delivered below letter to Kuruvita Divisional Secretariat and media proposing solutions to address the garbage issue at Bopath Ella in Kuruvita, Ratnapura.
බෝපත් ඇල්ල අවට කසළ ගැටලුව විසඳීම සඳහා යෝජනා
Bopath Ella or Bothal Katu Ella – will the authorities take action?
Bopath Ella or Bothal Katu Ella – will the authorities take action? (Sunday Observer - October 18, 2015)
Campaign to protect the endemic and endangered Hora (Dipterocarpus Zeylanicus) Tree (August 2015)Rainforest Protectors, drafted and delivered below letter to Government Authorities and media requesting to declare the endemic and endangered Hora (Dipterocarpus Zeylanicus) tree as a protected species.
Declare the endemic and endangered Hora (Dipterocarpus Zeylanicus) tree as a protected species
ශ්රී ලංකාවට ආවේනික හොර ගස ආරක්ෂිත ශාඛයක් ලෙස නීති ගත කිරීම
Hora tree as Protected Species (The Nation Newspaper - Sunday August 16, 2015)
Campaign to address pollution issues in Kandy World Heritage City (July 1, 2015)Rainforest Protectors, drafted and delivered below letter to Government Authorities requesting to address lake and river pollution issues in Kandy.
Non-biodegradable waste pollution in Kandy Lake and Mahaweli River
Mahaweli River Polluted with Polythene and Plastic
Campaign to protect Eli Hatha Waterfall in Sripada Sanctuary (February 25, 2015)Rainforest Protectors, drafted and delivered below letters to Government Authorities titled "Environmental Destruction in protected Sripada Sanctuary due to Illegal Mini - Hydro Project". The letter calls to immediately halt this destructive and illegal project inside Sripada World Heritage Site, which violates the Flora & Fauna Protection Ordinance.
Environmental Destruction in protected Sripada Sanctuary due to Illegal Mini - Hydro Project
ශ්රීපාද අඩවිය තුල කුඩා ජල විදුලි බලාගාර ඉදිකිරීම නිසා පරිසර විනාශය සම්බන්ධව
Campaign against illegitimate road construction proposal made by Minister Lakshman Kiriella (April 3, 2015)Rainforest Protectors, drafted and delivered below letter to Government Authorities requesting to deny the illegitimate proposal made by Minister Lakshman Kiriella to construct a public motorable road through historic Udawattekele Forest Reserve in Kandy.
Requesting to deny illegitimate road construction proposal through Udawattekele Rainforest
Kiriella proposes road through Udawattekele reserve
Proposal for Kandy Green City Project to preserve its Natural Heritage
Campaign to protect Sinharaja World Heritage Rainforest (February 17, 2015)Rainforest Protectors, drafted and delivered a letter to Government Authorities titled "Requesting immediate action to protect Sinharaja World Heritage Rainforest". The letter calls for immediate action to expedite the acquisition of 2,500 hectares of Land Reforms Commission rainforest land into Sinharaja as well as protect unprotected rainforests in the Rakwana-Deniyaya hills.
Requesting immediate action to protect Sinharaja World Heritage Rainforest
Campaign to stop Poaching and ban Hakkapatas (February 13, 2015)Rainforest Protectors, drafted and delivered a letter to Government Authorities titled "Request to take immediate action to stop the growing poaching crisis". The letter calls for immediate action to stop the growing poaching issue and the use of cruel Hakkapatas to kill or harm wildlife.
Request to take immediate action to stop the growing poaching crisis
Campaign for Sustainable Development Initiative (February 2, 2015)Rainforest Protectors with the support of Federation of Environmental Organizations, drafted and delivered a letter to Government Authorities titled "Recommendations for Ecologically-Sustainable Town Planning and Road Design". The letter calls for a more sustainable approach to town planning and road design, as some recent decisions to construct roads through National Parks, Protected Forests and Wetlands have resulted in heavy losses to Wildlife and Bio-Diversity which ultimately directly impacts Eco-Tourism in our country. The letter was delivered via Fax, Email and Registered Post Mail to the President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister, National Physical Planning Department, Urban Development Authority, Road Development Authority, Ministry of Economic Development, Central Environmental Authority and Ministry of Environment. We hope, the message is absorbed by the above authorities and future decisions and actions will reflect that our country can move to a Sustainable Development model in-line with the recommendations proposed on this letter.
Recommendations for Ecologically-Sustainable Town Planning and Road Design
තිරසාර නගර සැළසුම් සහ මහා මාර්ග ඉදි කිරීම සඳහා අත්යවශය යෝජනා
Campaign to stop the Solid Waste Pollution near Knuckles World Heritage Forest (December, 2014)Rainforest Protectors exposed a major Solid Waste Pollution issue in Morahela, Panwila within Knuckles World Heritage Forest, where Solid Waste from nearby town was dumped and pushed over a mountaintop. Our volunteers interviewed the villagers and people passing by this waste dump, reported it to the authorities (Central Environmental Authority, Ministry of Environment and Panwila District Secretary) to take action as well as publishing the issue on the media. We are currently carrying out follow-up conversations with the respective authorities to address this issue in a timely manner.
Solid waste pollution causing big stink near Knuckles forest
Campaign to stop the destruction of 600 acres of Muthurajawela sanctuary for a Golf course (February 4, 2014)Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka is calling upon volunteers to help our protest campaign to stop the destruction of 600 acres of Muthurajawela sanctuary for a Golf course. We need volunteers to visit the Muthurajawela conservation center in Bopitiya to discuss this issue and how to join in protest. We also need volunteers to give publicity via social media and print media. Please email RainforestProtectors@gmail.com if you can help us.
මුතුරාජවෙල රක්ෂිතය ගොල්ෆ් පිටියකට
RPSL Media Release - Uncertain Future for Muthurajawela Wetland
Campaign to address many issues within Hora Kele Forest Reserve in Ingiriya (December 2013)Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka issued the follwing letters to Forest Department regarding the need to address many issues within Hora Kele Forest Reserve as uncovered by our volunteers during a recent visit to this small rainforest patch.
Issues needing action at Hora Kele Forest Reserve in Ingiriya (Sinhala)
Issues needing action at Hora Kele Forest Reserve in Ingiriya (English)
Campaign to stop the water pollution at Galways Land National Park, Nuwara EliyaRecent investigation by Rainforest Protectors volunteers exposed polluted water from near by houses/hotels being diverted into Galways land national park in Nuwara Eliya. We are calling upon authorities to investigate and take measures to stop the pollution immediately.
Click here to view Media Release from Rainforest Protectors
Save Sinharaja World Heritage Rainforest from New Road Cutting Through ItA new road is currently being built through Sinharaja World Heritage Rainforest buffer zone. At a time when illegal encroachment is threatning Sinharaja World Heritage Rainforest, we need to be taking measures to give it strict protection status. However, it seems that politicians who just look for short term gain is destroying the natural treasures our ancestors handed over to our generation. RAT is currently on a mission to document the destruction caused by this new road and submit the information to local authorities who are supposed to protect the rainforest, media for reporting, as well as international authorities monitoring primary forest destruction in Sri Lanka.
Environmentalists concerned over road being constructed through Sri Lanka's World Heritage rain forest - Colombo Page
Now, Sinharaja under ‘road-threat’ - Sunday Times
Status: Per instructions by Environment Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and per recommendations made by report prepared by a group of experts, the Sinharaja road construction has been halted