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The Neo Synthesis Research Centre, Sri Lanka

The NSRC in Mirahawatte, Sri Lanka was created, in 1980, to promote sustainable agriculture production and the conservation of biodiversity through research and education. Through experimentation on a plot of degraded tea land and using the local natural forest as a model, they developed a productive forest ecosystem that was analogous to the natural forest.

Two lowland projects have been undertaken by the research centre: a coastal ecosystem conservation project and the Panadura mangroves and wetlands conservation project.

A collaborative Analog Forestry project has been established in the area around Ratnapura. Through an extension program, 25 villages were involved and in cooperation with the NSRC 500 farmers planted in excess of 50,000 trees.

Educational programs and demonstrations of composting and organic farming are held for farmers, schools and institutes. A nursery produces native, utility and endangered plants. The information is collected in the Tropical Forest Registry on native vegetation patterns and the flora and fauna composition of different regions. A new Analog Forestry extension project is training youth from different villages in the application of Analog Forestry. These youth provide village extension activities and linkages between several villages.

Contact details
Contact person: Kamal Melvani
Address: 18/20 E.D. Dabare Mawatha, Colombo 5 – Sri Lanka

The Falls Brook Centre (FBC), Canada

The centre was founded in 1990 in New Brunswick, Canada. The organization is a community demonstration and training centre. Through education and outreach programs the FBC develops the environmental awareness and activities of the community.

It also concerns itself with improving current relationships between Canadian and international NGOs. It is the co-ordinating organization of the Village Action Network, and the Canadian co-ordinator for the United Nations Eco Volunteer Program.
A series of international practical workshops have taken place at the FBC including: ‘Traditional Forest Uses’, ‘Sustainable Agriculture and Forest Management’, ‘Alternative Economics’ and ‘Sustainable Communities’.

It has regenerated the ecosystem of degraded bog-land, on a 200 acre site by creating an extensive herbarium with local spices and herbs and three ponds. A boardwalk allows visitors to identify the species by moving through the pond area. A small arboretum, tree nurseries and berries and gingseng planting complete the visitor’s demonstration of Analog Forestry at the Falls Brook Centre.
Three local schools are involved with the project ‘Biodiversity Learning Centres’ in which the Centre provides extension work and involves the students in transforming barren playgrounds.

In 2001 the FBC assisted the Mexican organisation UZACHI in the state of Oaxaca with integrating analog forestry techniques into the agroforestry activities of the communities working with UZACHI.

Contact details
Contact persons: Jean Arnold, Tegan Wong
Address: 125 South Knowlesville Road, Knowlesville, New Brunswick E7L 1B1 – Canada
Phone: +1-506-375.8143
Fax: +1-506-375.4221

Arbofilia, Costa Rica

Over the past 15 years, Arbofilia has been working in different zones of the coastal Pacific slopes of Costa Rica.

The primary objective of Arbofilia has been to combine environmental restoration with economic alternatives for poor rural families. They have worked with 460 families in a number of projects including the establishment of fruit tree polyculture plots, restoration of native forest, reproduction and planting of endangered rain forest tree species and the creation of native vegetation corridors between patches of threatened ecosystems.

These restoration activities aim to combat accelerated erosion in the region, while permitting the reestablishment of the original native forests that protect local fauna.

Contact details
Contact persons: Miguel Soto Cruz, Anabelle Maffioli
Address: Apdo. 512, Tibás 1100 – Costa Rica
Phone/fax: +506-240.7145
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Fundación Rescate del Bosque Tropical (FURARE), Ecuador

Rainforest Rescue is an non-profit environmental organization that has as main goal the conservation and rehabilitation of forests. It seeks to empower local communities to manage them natural resources at the same time that they improve their life styles.

Rainforest Rescue has adopted the technic of Analogue Forestry as it’s main tool to arrest deforestation and develop short and medium term economic alternatives for local communitites. FRR is the focal point for Latin-America of the Analogue Forestry International Network. They develop several projects that combine rehabilitation techniques and fair trade.

Contact details
Contact persons: Lorena Gamboa María Sol Vallejo, Ángel Suco
Visit Address: 22-37 Juan León Mera, Edif. Zurita, 3er piso
Mail Address: P.O.Box: 17-12-105, Quito – Ecuador
Phone: +593-2-541803 E-mail:

Lorena Gamboa is the coordinator of the Analog Forestry Network of the Americas, (also editor and publisher of the Bi-annual Newsletter on Analog Forestry).

Tree Shade Clubs of Kenya (TSCK), Kenya

This club began to address the problem of tree loss in Kenya six years ago. Its initial work involved establishing tree nurseries with native tree species in collaboration with interested schools. The students collected seeds and were encouraged to create tree nurseries. They took part in school competitions concerning the tree nurseries. In two years the number of participating schools grew to 135. Support has now also been given by the Scouts Movement. The Tree Shade Clubs are now known nationally. The Forestry Department has given them a 3 acre portion of the Nairobi arboretum to initiate a Analog Forestry Arboretum.

Contact details
Contact person: Timothy Gathirimu
Address: P.O. Box 71222, Nairobi – Kenya
Phone: +254-2-220712/225798

Coordinadora Agroforestal Indigena y Campesina del Peru (COICAP)

COICAP is an organization that practices agroforestry and analog forestry for the benefit of the social and cultural development of indigenous and peasant communities in Peru. COICAP adopts an ecological perspective, with an agenda that includes the preservation of biological and cultural diversity, the conservation of flora and fauna, environmental protection, and the appropriate use of natural resources.

Guided by a vision of human sustainable development, COICAP seeks to contribute to the social, cultural, ecological, and economic well-being of community forestry and agroforestry organizations and their members. They aim to strengthen the capacity of grassroots organizations to write proposals, to negotiate, and to manage natural resources with an ecological approach.

Contact details
Contact person: Manuel Huaya Panduro Coordinator Nacional de COICAP
Address: Av. General Santa Cruz 550 Jesus Maria Lima 11 – Peru
Phone/Fax: +51-1-4319958

The Environmental Liaison Centre (ELCI)

The ELCI is a global network of non-governmental organizations and community based groups working on environmental and development issues. It exists to ‘facilitate the voice of the grassroots’ which involves: fostering communication and the sharing of information and skills between groups working at the grass roots level, and developing mechanisms whereby there is a greater and more effective communication between the NGO/ grassroots sector and the governmental/inter-governmental sector.

ELCI has its headquaters in Nairobi, Kenya and has a membership of 850 organisations in 107 countries. It also maintains a database on over 8,000 organisations with whom it communicates regularly.

Contact details
Contact person: Patrick Mallet
Address: P.O. Box 72461 Nairobi – Kenya
Phone: +254-2-562015 / 22 / 562172
Fax: +254-2-562175