Preserving our planet
Mangrove Conservation in Sri Lanka
As part of our sustainability journey, at Jules Verne we are fully committed to the protection and preservation of our planet. One way we do so is through the DER Touristik Foundation, a non-profit association set up by our group of businesses in 2014 to support social and ecological projects through tourism.
A key project supported by the Foundation and partner the Wildlife and Ocean Resource Conservation (WORC), is protecting and preserving the precious ecosystem in Sri Lanka’s Koggala Lagoon, where the mangrove forest has been declining at an alarming rate. Mangrove forests protect the coasts and shores, prevent erosion, filter pollutants, and maintain water quality, absorbing more than twice as much carbon dioxide as tropical rainforests. A mature tree can absorb about 21 kilograms of CO₂ per year, young trees significantly less. With a lifespan of 100 years, a tree could absorb about one ton of CO₂.
Since 2017, a total of 6,000 trees have been planted as part of the project, using new sustainable techniques, contributing towards nature conservation, reducing CO₂ emissions, and creating employment opportunities for the local community who are passionate about protecting their unique environment.
This tour offers a unique opportunity to visit the project and get personally involved. You’ll learn about the complex biodiversity of the mangrove ecosystem, before heading out into the lagoon by boat or catamaran to assist with planting mangrove trees using the unique local methods. As well as being both an educational and enjoyable experience, your visit also contributes £10 per person directly to this remarkable project.