One of the most serious environmental issues affecting Sri Lanka is the deforestation of its land. According to a UN country report, Sri Lanka’s forest coverage has reduced drastically from 53% in 1990 to 29% in 2012 and this is corroborated by statistics maintained by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

Rotary District 3220 partnered by the Rotary club of Ibbagamuwa has decided to shoulder this responsibility with a target of growing One million trees in the next five years.

Rotary Sri Lanka has adequate saplings potted and ready for planting. A private-public partnership with the Departments of Agrarian Services, Irrigation, Forestry, the Provincial Council of Kurunegala and the District Secretariat has been mooted for this purpose. The trees will be planted and grown in designated areas and key protected reservoir banks in the Kurunegala District.

The project

In order to ensure the optimum possibility of the trees surviving and contributing to the increased forest cover we have embarked on a number of key initiatives.

The trees are planted in a specific geographic area on the banks of the six key reservoirs in the Kurunegala district which is a protected area.

The cost of a sponsorship of a tree is US$ 1/ Rs. 100/ -. This includes the cost of the plant and general maintenance for two years.

The project offers many organisations and corporates a great opportunity to be a part of a unique public-private sustainability project and help grow our forests that will benefit future generations of Sri Lankans.

A novel feature of the project is that an organization will be entitled to obtain carbon credits for its contributions in the next phase of the project.

LATEST UPDATE [1 October 2017]

Consequent to the challenges we faced with the drought and the nurturing of the saplings, and the fact that we expect the weather patterns to continue in the future too, the Project team has made some strategic changes in the programme based on the advice of the authorities and our partners.

We are presently in negotiations with a new strategic partner who are the experts in the area of forest conservation and we hope to conclude the agreement which will strengthen some key areas of the project.

The new partner has agreed in principle to take over the nurturing of the plants for five years and also more importantly agreed to provide us with some alternative sites in the Kurunegala and Anuradhapura region which are less likely to be affected by severe drought.

We are now in the process of selecting these sites and formalizing the negotiations with the new entity.

Thereafter we will begin to plant at the new sites and offer our donors the option to RELOCATE their existing plants in the new site (at our cost) where they are guaranteed nurturing and have a better chance of survival against any adverse weather patterns.

Tree stories

Research reveals that every human being is emotionally attached to a tree at some point in their lives and hence the theme “One Million Tree Stories” seemed an ideal fit

We invite all our partners in this project including Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors and their families to post their own Tree Story (A photo of the tree if possible, and a few lines on the memory of your tree story) on our Facebook page: facebook.com/rotarytree.

We hope to select the best submissions and host an exhibition in Sri Lanka.

Get involved

You can pledge your support to the “Rotary Tree Planting Project” by sponsoring a tree for Rs. 100/-.

You can sponsor an individual tree or in any quantity you wish.

Your Rs. 100/- sponsorship of a tree will include the maintenance cost for tow (2) years.

Sponsor a tree

Visit any of the 250 HNB branches island-wide and deposit Rs. 100/- in HNB Account No: 003010514459

Account Name: Rotary One Million Trees Trust (Gte) Ltd and mail in the payment receipt to:

Rotary District 3220, Rotary Tree Planting Project C/o. 316, D.S Senanayake Street, Kandy.

The committee will respond within Five (5) working days of your payment receipt and will also indicate the date of the tree planting, so that you too can be present at the planting ceremony (Online payments available).

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Overseas contributions

Donate US$ 1 per plant

Deposit in: HNB Account No: 003010514459. Account Name: Rotary One Million Trees Trust (Gte) Ltd

Scan the copy of the payment receipt and mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The committee will respond within five (5) working days of receipt and will also intimate the date of the tree planting in order to coordinate your participation.

Phase 2 and 3 will give corporate Sri Lanka an opportunity to take part in "Carbon Credit Trading" and offset some of their carbon footprint with the credits obtained from the number of trees planted.