Water Resources

Tank Project

Moving Soil
Moving Soil

Care was taken to minimize impact on the existing habitats and the disturbance of the animals.

Creating the bund
Creating the bund

Soil was compacted and smoothed. All of this work was done by hand.

Planting the bund
Planting the bund

Grass was planted to prevent erosion during the monsoon season.

Filling the tank
Filling the tank

Water was pumped in from a nearby river on one side and a flooded tank on the other.

Catching fish for tank
Catching fish for tank

After all the work, Suraj went fishing and caught fish to stock the tank. No invasive species were added.

Enjoying the tank
Enjoying the tank

The finished tank has attracted birds like this fly catcher as well as fishing cat, otter and crocodile.

Attack on  alien invasive plants

Luna Oya choked
Luna Oya choked

This was once, a very short time ago, a beautiful blue river.

Green Luna Oya
Green Luna Oya

Now it is choked with invasive plants.

Luna Oya invaded
Luna Oya invaded

The river can no longer be enjoyed and is endangering the native wildlife.

Saleem collecting Bullrush
Saleem collecting Bullrush

We collect a variety of alien invasive plants.

 Laying out the Salvinia molesta to dry
Laying out the Salvinia molesta to dry

We remove these harmful plants from the environment.

Clean tank
Clean tank

So the natural growth and water systems can return to a healthy state.

4R Paper Products
4R Paper Products

This non-profit company owned by Textlon Lanka Pvt. Ltd used the invasive plants to make paper.

Beater run
Beater run

The prepared material is made into pulp with no chemical additives.

Mould and deckle
Mould and deckle

Each sheet of paper is hand created by a skillful team.

Paper drying
Paper drying

The sheets of paper are hung to dry naturally.

Guys making note boxes
Guys making note boxes

Once the paper is dry and smoothed it is made into a variety of products.

Galle Market
Galle Market

The products are sold with all profits going back into the Appe Kale Project.