MEGA ( Make Earth Green Again ) is a project of the Citizens24Seven news network.  10% of profit of the Citizens24Seven news network goes to the success of the MEGA project. We Work To Protect Vulnerable Environments Through Ecosystem Restoration, Development Of Sustainable Livelihoods, Education, Research, and Advocacy.

Why Sri Lanka?

The beautiful island of Sri Lanka is a world biodiversity hotspot, making it one of the 25 most ecologically important places on earth. Despite this diverse natural heritage, and the establishment of protected areas, Sri Lanka’s native species remain highly threatened through:

  • Habitat loss: About 95% of the wet zone forest has been lost due to the expansion of plantations, encroachment, poaching, and extraction of forest products such as timber, firewood, and medicinal plants.
  • Agrochemicals : Use of agrochemicals pose a serious threat to the quality of ecosystem services and severely affects habitats of margin species such as amphibians.
  • Invasive species:Competition from invasive and exotic species, with native plants, have affected habitats from ridge to reef.
  • Climate change :Both native flora and fauna are under threat from altered weather patterns caused by climate change.

Deforestation is one of the most serious environmental issues in Sri Lanka. In the 1920s, the island had a 49 percent forest cover but by 2005 this had fallen by approximately 26 percent. Between 1990 and 2000, Sri Lanka lost an average of 26,800 ha of forests per year. This amounts to an average annual deforestation rate of 1.14%. Between 2000 and 2005 the rate accelerated to 1.43% per annum. 

The forests in Sri Lanka have been removed to make way for agricultural land and plantations and to provide fuel and timber. Population pressure is also a significant factor as is the removal of forested areas. Corrupt politicians of Sri Lanka use these points of population pressure and resettlement matters after the civil war to destroy the forest. More than 3, 400 acres of the Wilpattu Forest Reserve had been destroyed by using political power. 

What is our role?

Citizens24Seven (www.citizens24seven.com an online news network has introduced the MEGA (Make Earth Green Again) project concept in order to increase forest cover in Sri Lanka. MEGA works again deforestation in Sri Lanka and creates man-made forest.  

We closely work with local communities and empower them through the right knowledge and the right income sources. We have identified that political power is behind the deforestation. It is a big challenge for us. On the other hand, the big companies are destroying forest areas for palm oil plantations. 
 
We are conducting educational programs to local communities continuously again deforestation. As well as, We have encouraged local people to work with us as a supplier of plants to our planting program and we use 100% local knowledge and labor for our planting program.  Some of our man-made forests reached the secondary level of the forest structure. And we have used a lot of trees and vine such as Jack, Kithul, Pepper, Cinnamon, Garcinia, Mango, Coconut that produce crops with economic value. We always encourage local people to harvest the crop without damaging to the forests mad by our project. ( MEGA ). 
 
We have identified that the mechanism we practice to protect the environment is effective because we are working with local communities as well as the local community has a big potential to diversify their income sources working with us. Hence, They challenge to political power and big companies that try to destroy the forest. 
 

Help us with your donation...

Your donation can turn the tide of deforestation in Sri Lanka and help us protect and expand forests around the Sinharaja Rainforest before they shrink even further. 

Stop Deforestation of Sri Lanka​

Deforestation is one of the most serious environmental issues in Sri Lanka. In the 1920s, the island had a 49 percent forest cover but by 2005 this had fallen by approximately 26 percent. Between 1990 and 2000, Sri Lanka lost an average of 26,800 ha of forests per year. This amounts to an average annual deforestation rate of 1.14%. Between 2000 and 2005 the rate accelerated to 1.43% per annum. 

Our Partners

Our Manifesto​

Restoration

We conserve and restore vulnerable environments. From rainforest to reef, we work to protect Sri Lanka’s globally important natural heritage.

Our programs use Analog Forestry methods to achieve a balance between biodiversity conservation and community sustainability. This approach uses planting designs that combine fast-growing forest ecosystems with organic crop cultivation. This enables communities to develop income opportunities while increasing the biodiversity of their land. Through empowerment programs, we transfer the maintenance and protection of these areas to the people that live and work in them.

Revitalization

We believe education and capacity building are essential elements of every program. Whether working with individuals to improve home-gardens, with schools on biodiversity, or with CBOs to replant a barren area, we empower people to make informed lifestyle choices to help protect their natural environment.

We are also committed to the training and development of our staff, to enable us to continue to deliver innovative and research-based programs.

Regeneration

Our livelihood programs aim to create a strong link between communities and their environment. Through ongoing community training and support in organic and sustainable farming, we empower people to generate alternative incomes while protecting and restoring native biodiversity.

Research

We believe successful programs are founded on solid research and innovative ideas. Most of our work is of a developmental nature, with experimentation, monitoring, and application of findings integral to each project. We use our research to support and strengthen our work.