The Stewards
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SRI LANKA

Journeys With Purpose is honoured to announce an immersive impact experience in partnership with Lanka Environment Fund and Conservation Collective. This is an eye opening journey of discovery, revealing what is possible when dedicated local groups are given the opportunity to protect their natural environment and restore what has been lost. 

25TH NOVEMBER -
1ST DECEMBER 2024
EXPERIENCE
Moonlight safari in the search for the elusive grey slender Loris and fishing cat
 
Conduct a biodiversity study alongside scientists 
 
Elephant and Leopard safari game drive at Wasgamuwa
 
Dinner with Sri Lanka’s leading environmental architect
 
Ridge walk in the footsteps of leopards in the Ceylon tea region
INCLUDED
6 nights hosted by Vinod Malwatte and joined by special guest, Ben Goldsmith
 
Access and engagement with 2 remarkable projects and their founders
 
Full Board Accommodation throughout
 
25% direct donation
DETAILS
25th November – 1st December 2024
6 Nights
Limited availability
$12,716 USD per person

An environmental odyssey across Sri Lanka, offering unprecedented insight into the critical role Lanka Environment Fund (part of Conservation Collective’s global network) plays in supporting environmental initiatives that aim to protect and restore Sri Lanka's extraordinary biodiversity.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Embark on an environmental odyssey to gain insight into Lanka Environment Fund’s critical role protecting and restoring Sri Lanka’s biodiversity. Staying in guesthouses and luxury hotels, experience the country’s old world charm during leopard and pangolin treks, moonlit tours, safari game drives and biodiversity studies hosted by key wildlife scientists, conservationists and project experts, to discover and contribute to the protection of Sri Lanka’s vast ecological wealth. All-inclusive. Excludes international flights.

CONSERVATION IMPACT

Listed as one of the world’s 35 biodiversity hotspots, Sri Lanka plays a critical role in ensuring our planet’s biodiversity and ecosystem health. However, the Sri Lankan government is currently unable to allocate adequate funding towards protecting and restoring its ecosystems due to the country’s economic crisis and challenging recent history. It is therefore necessary for community intervention and, with Sri Lanka being declared as 2020’s sixth most vulnerable country to changing climatic conditions in the annual Climate Risk Index produced by the German Watch, the need for action is now.

The Lanka Environment Fund allows individuals and businesses to support the protection and restoration of the island and to be a part of creating a more responsible, greener and cleaner Sri Lanka. Lanka Environment Fund strongly believes that supporting local environmental and conservation groups can make a positive impact and help bring about long-lasting change.

YOUR HOSTS

MEET YOUR HOST:
VINOD MALWATTE

Portrait of Vinod Malwatte, a conservation nest from Sri Lanka

Vinod Malwatte

Vinod Malwatte is a Sri Lankan conservationist, activist, Director of the Lanka Environment Fund and Co-founder of the Parrotfish Collective, a group of conservation communicators.

In the past decade he has operated as the project coordinator for the Rewilding for Tourism (RFT) project under the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA); as the co-founding project manager for Waste Less Arugam Bay (WLAB); and as project manager for the Federation of Environmental Organizations (FEO), Sri Lanka.

Vinod has a masters degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in Environment with a focus in community engagement and sustainability planning management and an undergraduate degree in Geography and Anthropology from Macalester College, USA.

In addition to his work with the LEF, Vinod is currently Co-Chair of the Mangrove Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods (MCSL) Forum which is comprised of several local conservation organisations working to conserve mangrove ecosystems. He also sits on the Policy and Advocacy committees of the Federation of Environmental Organisations (FEO), Sri Lanka, and is on the judging panel for the Best Sustainability Projects awarded by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) at their annual Corporate Citizen Awards.

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At a Glance: Fundación
Rewilding Argentina

1,850,000

…acres (or 750,000 hectares) of land protected.

264,000,000

…metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent sequestered.

370,658

…acres donated for new parkland creation.

OUR FOCUS - THE IBERÁ NATIONAL PARK:

This extraordinary wetland, the largest in Argentina, is home to 30% of the biodiversity in the country including endangered species such as the pampas and marsh deer, the maned wolf and grassland birds like the strange-tailed tyrant.

In 2005, what was to become one of the largest rewilding programs in the Americas was started, with the goal of restoring keystone species that had been extirpated from Iberá through hunting and habitat loss and were extinct in the region, the Province or, in some cases, the country. 

As the rewilding program developed, the cultural identity of Iberá began to recover alongside the ecosystems and natural processes, impacting a total population of 100,000 people who surround the park.

Today, Iberá stands as one of the world’s most successful ongoing conservation missions.