AGADA clearing project at Minneriya National Park
A series of Shramadana campaigns were organized by Aliya Resort and Spa with collaboration of FEO (Federation of Environmental Organizations – Sri Lanka), SLAITO (Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators) and DWC ( Department of Wildlife Conservation, Sri Lanka) for ‘Project Agada’ at Minneriya National Park from 30th July to 26th August 2020. The main objective was to remove invasive species, ‘Agada’ from the grasslands of the Minneriya tank bed.
It was estimated that over 20% of the tank bed was taken over by ‘Agada’ (Xanthim indicum – Common Cocklebur). This was a serious threat to the primary grazing grounds of the elephants, and thereby threatens the famous annual Elephant Gathering. Rapid response and urgent action of all private and cooperate sectors secured the loss of grasslands at Minneriya. It was great pleasure to our staff members to participate for this successful project.
Shramadana campaign was conducted on following dates by Aliya Resort and Spa, Sigiriya.
30th July 2020, 12th August 2020, 19th August 2020 and 26th August 2020
Our team comprised of 20 members were managed to remove the invasive species over 12.35 hectares of land.
Finally, we plan to join with next phase of the program (on next year) to re-clear the seeds that may have fallen and taken root is destroyed and the feeding grounds of the elephants are free from the Agada weed