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Forest Restoration Projects – Yagirala – Kalutara


Habitat  loss and  forest degradation  due to encroachments  by villagers and illegal logging  of commercially valuable trees has been identified as major conservation issues at Yagirala forest. In addition, poaching of wild animals for local consumption has affected the faunal diversity of the forest to a great extent.  Populations of some nationally and globally threatened species such as Indian Pangolin and Hog deer have substantially declined over the years due to hunting by locals. As such, this comprehensive Forest Restoration and Biodiversity Conservation Plan developed by the Centre for Sustainability have been designed to address conservation issues highlighted above.


Yagirala – Kalutara

What is expected from the volunteers:

  • Assist in removal of invasive plant species
  • Assist in replanting native plants
  • Conducting public awareness sessions
  • Data gathering and recording


  • Restoration of degraded forest patches with native species
  • Restoration of exotic pine -dominated patches with native species
  • Eradication of invasive plant species
  • Raise public awareness on biodiversity conservation in Yagirala Forest using Indian Pangolin as a flagship species
  • Community awareness and engagement in conservation efforts

Rates include:

  • Project transportation in the field for various activities, if required
  • All meals and refreshments
  • Shared accommodation
  • Orientation and briefings on the programme
  • Guidance and training on the programme
  • Field programmes
  • Field equipment
  • Certificate of participation

Rates do not include

  • Any Airfare or Visa fee
  • Any additional beverage or food
  • Airport  transfers
  • Any tips to the staff
  • Any personal gear not mentioned here


  • Keep your contribution in perspective
  • Be on time
  • Be flexible and open-minded
  • Expect satisfaction
  • Be responsible


  • Think that you can do anything and everything
  • Carry much money and lending money to people
  • Expect to only have FUN
  • Ask probing, personal questions

Important Factors

  • All volunteers need to read and sign our Code of Conduct which provides concise guidelines to ensure volunteers have an enjoyable and exciting time.
  • The program is open to anyone and there are no limitations on age or physical condition. But volunteers must have an open mind and attitude to live and work in a tropical environment with basic amenities and to get along with a diverse group of international volunteers
  • You do not have permission to do any sort of activity that causes disturbances to wildlife  
  • Personal gear for warm/windy/rainy conditions should be carried by clients
  • Insect repellent, sunburn lotion, etc. are recommended to be brought along



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