Care was taken to minimize impact on the existing habitats and the disturbance of the animals.
Soil was compacted and smoothed. All of this work was done by hand.
Grass was planted to prevent erosion during the monsoon season.
Water was pumped in from a nearby river on one side and a flooded tank on the other.
After all the work, Suraj went fishing and caught fish to stock the tank. No invasive species were added.
The finished tank has attracted birds like this fly catcher as well as fishing cat, otter and crocodile.
Attack on alien invasive plants
This was once, a very short time ago, a beautiful blue river.
Now it is choked with invasive plants.
The river can no longer be enjoyed and is endangering the native wildlife.
We collect a variety of alien invasive plants.
We remove these harmful plants from the environment.
So the natural growth and water systems can return to a healthy state.
This non-profit company owned by Textlon Lanka Pvt. Ltd used the invasive plants to make paper.
The prepared material is made into pulp with no chemical additives.
Each sheet of paper is hand created by a skillful team.
The sheets of paper are hung to dry naturally.
Once the paper is dry and smoothed it is made into a variety of products.
The products are sold with all profits going back into the Appe Kale Project.