A visit by the state minister of the Environment
We were happy to welcome the minister of the Environment of Sri Lanka, Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera to Belipola, the world’s first Analog Forest. He was welcomed by the founder of Analog Forestry Dr. Ranil Senanayake .
The minister and his wife were introduced to the concept of Analog Forestry and the benefits to rural communities. They were presented with food and gifts of the forest which are rare and harvested in a sustainable manner by the staff and residents who live at Belipola.
Above: Macadamia nuts and forest bee honey (paathal made) were a rare treat for the minister.
Belipola education dept, represented by Nimesh Chaturanga (Post grad. Sabaragamuwa University) presented the minister with the advance Analog Forestry curriculum (Course prospectus) for creating a national vocational qualification (NVQ) standard for Sri Lankan students of Analog Forestry.
A delegation from the village welcomed the opportunity to voice their concerns about loosing access to clean water due to unregulated activities of a large mining quarry located within the village. Belipola gave an opportunity for the village to finally gain access to the Minister of Environment and represent the quality of life they are faced with for the future if there is no action taken.
More updates and projects supported by Belipola post the ministers visit will follow...