Hiniduma Bio-Link Project – Sri Lanka // GO BACK
The Hiniduma Bio-Link Project aims to conserve Sri Lanka’s last remaining rainforests, whilst addressing the pressing issues of rural poverty and climate change in a developing country.
In addition to creating new employment opportunities and increased revenues for smallholders, the project delivers new jobs directly linked to the project, as well as ecosystem services, such as improved water, soil, and air quality.
The ‘Hiniduma Bio-Link’ is a project by the Carbon Consulting Company to establish a biodiversity corridor between two
large remnant, vastly disturbed rainforest patches – Singharaja (UNESCO World Heritage Site) & Kanneliya (International Man and Biosphere Reserve), and to conserve buffer zones around the forest edges through reforestation.
The primary aim of this project is to reduce the pressure by local communities in the surrounding areas on the remaining rainforest patches, whilst enhancing the livelihoods of traditional communities living in close proximity to tracts of natural forest where the biodiversity is high, but under imminent threat. The project has been implemented according to Plan Vivo methodologies and has been certified to the Plan Vivo standard since July 2012.
Under this system, smallholders are supported in home gardening reforestation and agroforestry using farmer-based participatory approaches. Trees are native and endemic rainforest species, as well as fruit and medicinal trees, which allow
farmers to generate additional income streams. As well as native species, the project also introduces new plants to improve and support local ecosystem services. Promoting eco-friendly livelihood options such as organic farming and analog forestry, without disturbing their existing livelihood practices are also key objectives.
|ABOUT THE PROJECT|
Galle District, SE Sri Lanka
Carbon Consulting Company
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Mixed Species Reforestation with Local Smallholders to Create Biodiversity Corridor
2014 | A team of students from the ESGT in Le Mans (France) mapped the farmlands of Hiniduma Bio-Link. More than 10 patches of farmland were mapped, as well as other areas earmarked for potential expansion. These geo-references maps will become part of a global geographical map. Read more
July 2014 | The concept of the Hiniduma Bio-link Project was shared at the 16th Annual World Congress on Environment Management, held at the Ashok Hotel in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, from the 11-12th July 2014. Read more.