In recent years after concluding 30 years war with LTTE, at an alarming rate rain forest is diminishing, it is said that currently there about only 12% of forest cover remaining intact. Undue political influence and negligence of the regime and law enforcing officials, put flora and fauna at a great risk. We decided to donate US $ 1 from every purchase you make with us to fund conservation mainly to take legal actions against responsible on this disaster.
Walallawita: A 28,000 years old village
Walallawita is situated in the Kalutara District of the Western Province. It is blessed by nature, possessing ecological treasures such as primeval tropical forests (the Yagirala Reserve being the largest, comprising nearly 10,000 acres of natural forest), an abundance of natural resources and labour, and a salubrious climate. As a whole, it consists of hilly areas, plains and valleys. A worthy aim would be to introduce and promote tourism in Walallawita, as also to promote the Pahurukanda temple and the Yagirala Nature Reserve as focal points for the development of other potential tourist attractions in the area. Tailor-made tour packages could be offered to develop and enhance wildlife conservation and environmental protection in the region. Currently, there is a heavy demand for eco-tourism, since people have begun to understand the significance of protecting the natural habitat.
Walallawita has rich mineral deposits: graphite, gems, and a variety of industrial clays. Even today, you can visit the Bogodakanda plumbago mine. Walallawita is located roughly mid-wetland, in the path of the south-west monsoon blowing in from the Indian Ocean. The climate is moderately tropical; the warmest months are April and August, and the coldest is December. In Walallawita, there are approximately four major rivers and streams whose length exceeds 100 kilometres. There are also many other minor freshwater sources in the area.
Humans lived in the Walallawita region as far back as 28,000 years ago. Unexcavated caves belonging to the Pahurakanda temple bear evidence to this, according to expert archaeologists. The list of reserves in the area are the Yagirala Forest Reserve, Kalugala Proposed Reserve, Haycock Reserve, Halawalkele Government Forest, Meegahatenne Reserve, Uggalkaduwa-Pareigama Natural Forest, Paniyawala Reserve and the Ittapana Mangrove Forest. Historically and culturally significant places in the vicinity include the ancient Pahurukanda temple and its surroundings, and the Weligalpotte monastery. Other attractions are Bangalakanda, Didduwa Island, Pahala Hewessa, Uthumgama-Panagala stream, Gonkaradola stream, Batahendola stream and Yattapata Water. Places that could be developed include the Galatara boatyard and its surroundings, which could provide basic washroom facilities for tourists. The marketing of Walallawita and its environs must involve the promotion of the region as a whole, with the cooperation of all interested parties, identification of market segments ranging from holidaymakers to day visitors (specially tourists who visit via the Bentara River, on their river safari) for whom appropriate offers must be tailored, and achieving this within a framework of sustainable tourism to heighten the satisfaction of visitors and inhabitants alike. To reduce seasonality, promoters could concentrate on offering off-season packages designed to create a new image of the area as a worthwhile off-season destination for nature lovers, environmentalists, adventure tourists and explorers. To prepare long-term tourist development plans, we need to improve transportation, roads and telecom in partnership with private and public sector organizations.
Sri Lankas forests are under threat Sri Lanka Wilpattu Nature Reserve has suffered from encroachment as the country’s population expands.This has provoked an outcry from environmentalists, who hope the government will take their concerns seriously. Al Jazeera Minelle Fernandez reports from North West Sri Lanka on Thursday, January 7, 2016
Sri Lanka had a proud history of conservation of her much valued lush green Tropical Rain Forest for over 2500 years under the direct influence of Buddhism.
This is our humble request to Buddhists in the world and compassionate human beings all around the world to protect our inheritance and to end the massive destruction of forest in the country.