Regreen Hantana: Restoration of Degraded Lands in Sri Lanka

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In accordance with United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, ‘Regreen Hantana: Restoration of Degraded Lands’ attempts to restore 2 ha of degraded lands in Hantana Environmental Protected Area, Sri Lanka. The aim of this project is to restore degraded sites in Hantana Mountain Range to enhance ecosystem services such as biodiversity, carbon sequestration, watershed, and soil protection.

Six hundred and twenty seedlings of native tree species were transplanted to 1 ha of the degraded site at Hantana on the 18th of December 2022 under the first phase of the project. This project was organized by the Faculty of Science and The Center for Environmental Sustainability (CES) of the University of Peradeniya in collaboration with the Forest Department of Sri Lanka and the local community. Hundred and twenty volunteers representing the University community, Forest Department, Central Environmental Authority, Ecological Association of Sri Lanka, and local community participated in this event. Photo credit: Bathiya Gopallawa