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Good news / Bad news about the Sri Lankan Leopard November 22, 2011

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A poster showing a pair of Sri Lanka leopards has been named Best Poster for the South Asia Region in an international competition. The poster was created and submitted by Sri Lanka Tourism for the Vettor Giusti Tourism Poster Competition, which is held once in two years to mark the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly sessions.

As an organisation with a deep commitment to our ecosystem, it was great to read about Sri Lanka’s magnificent Leopards acknowledged in that manner. Unfortunately, joy about this was tempered by reading this article about an increased threat to the leopard population of Sri Lanka:

The latest enemy to invade protected wildlife terrain is the mobile phone – a piece of technology visitors are increasingly using to alert other visitors when they have sighted a rare animal, usually a leopard.
Whenever a leopard is seen, mobile phones are plucked out and messages sent, and minutes or seconds later, convoys of speeding safari trucks and cars rush to the scene – a spectacle that belongs to crowded urban areas, not to a wildlife sanctuary.

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Carbon Neutral bra | Offsets via the Conservation Carbon Company April 15, 2011

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M&S’s launch of the world’s first Carbon Neutral bra has received tremendous publicity and we at the Conservation Carbon Company are extremely proud of providing the carbon offsets associated with this landmark carbon neutral product. We’ve aggregated much of the press coverage here – http://bit.ly/eXfWjP – and we’re glad to see most of it has been positive.

The Conservation Carbon Company is a partner with M&S and MAS Holdings in this. Our partners at My Carbon Stash posted about the MAS Intimates Thurulie Factory (where the Carbon Neutral bra is made) in their blog and we’ve reproduced the article here, with a few additions.

From our perspective, the Carbon Neutral bra represents exactly the sort of project we want to be involved in when creating win-win-win situations of the triple bottom line of People, Plant and Profits. Being able to partner with large corporations like Marks and Spencer and MAS Holdings is a tremendous boost to the business viability and credibility of our projects, which go beyond offsets. We aren’t trading simple licenses to pollute – in comparison to traditional mono-culture forestry projects,  our Analog Forestry projects offer a triply integrated solution to the problems of climate change, habitat loss and rural poverty. This blog post will give you an idea of the sort of work we do within the community and take a look at our Flicker account for some images of the Hiniduma Carbon Offset project.

 

MAS Intimates Thurulie factory – Carbon Neutral bra manufacturer

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With the recent launch of the world’s first Carbon Neutral bra (for which we are the offset provider) we thought this would be a good time to republish this article about the MAS Holdings factory where the clothing range is being made.

Original posted May 7, 2008. by our partners at MCS.

The MAS Intimates Thurulie Factory in Thulhiriya, Sri Lanka, is the world’s first garment eco-factory. MAS Holdings worked in collaboration with Marks & Spencer, and now this unprecedented $7 million venture is fast becoming the benchmark for other green garment factories. This is the first Marks & Spencer Plan A factory and they intend to work with suppliers the world over to build more eco-manufacturing facilities. Marks & Spencer Plan A is a 5 year, 100 point, £200 million eco-plan, which aims to target prominent challenges faced by businesses around the world, with a primary emphasis on climate change.

The MAS Intimates Thurulie Factory is also the first factory built specifically for MAS’ lean manufacturing MAS Operating System (MOS). The concept of this operating system was derived from the famous Toyota Production System (TPS) and it strives to eliminate waste, both in material and process, to achieve greater efficiencies.

A green factory from its inception, the Thurulie Factory engages in as many eco-friendly practices as possible. The core elements which the factory is focused on include design, energy, lighting, water usage, waste management, bio-diversity and worker well being. The factory was made from ecologically friendly material: with eco bricks (made out of stabilised earth) used for the walls and cement-stabilised earth for the roads and walkways. Excavation was used minimally during the construction of the site and the plant partly rests on stilts, to minimise damage to the land profile and drainage patterns.

Thurulie is also aligned in a strategic manner to avoid direct sunlight or heat into the walls and this simultaneously enables large windows to bring in natural light. In the factory, green roofs with grown vegetation and cool roofs with high solar reflectivity, are used to ensure a cooler interior. This is further enforced with extensive greening, which totals to about 75% of the site, to create a cooler micro climate.

As for energy saving practices; a low energy “evaporative cooling” system is used in place of air conditioners and this alone saves 65% of the energy consumed. A multitude of solar panels provide 10% of the plant’s power, while the other 90% is provided by an innovative “green power” supply agreement from a small hydro power plant in Deniyaya via the national grid. Here, we can also see the first use of net metering in Sri Lanka. Excess or unused energy generated by the solar panels is in turn returned to the grid with the electricity meter turning backwards and the factory is billed according to the net amount of energy used. Light usage is minimised by depending amply on daylight to light the premises and individual sewing machines are kitted out with an LED based task light. Meanwhile, rain catchment tanks are used to collect water for non-drinking purposes, such as flushing toilets and landscaping.

All sewage is treated by an on-site anaerobic digestion sewage treatment facility and the bio-gas which is a by product of this will be used in the kitchen. A lot of detail is paid to the well being of employees as well; with amenities such as relax-stations, picnic areas and a holistic centre on-site. In theme with promoting green practices, incentives are also offered to encourage the use of car pooling and bicycles, while electricity powered bikes are used internally.

Currently, the MAS Intimates Thurulie Factory employs 300 machine operators and produces 12,000 bras per week. They are aiming to have 1000 personnel by 2008 and 1300 employees by 2010. They are also looking at a target output of around 6 million bras by the end of 2009.

The MAS Factory is expected to be 40% more energy efficient than a similar scale factory, while using 50% less water. In terms of certification, they intend on getting a Gold or Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification. This is a global certification of green building standards, which was developed by the US Green Building Council. It supports design and construction practices that reduce the environmental impact, as well as maintaining occupant health and well being.

The video below about the factory was produced by a Sri Lankan TV channel.


 

Video: Biodiversity and business leadership March 11, 2011

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Via http://www.webinknow.com/2011/03/biodiversity-and-business-leadership.html, which has some great thoughts on the subject.

 

Field Visit, Hiniduma Forest Garden Carbon Credit Project, Sri Lanka #srilanka #offsets January 29, 2011

The team at the Conservation Carbon Company made a special field visit to our Analog Forestry, Carbon Credit project in Hinuduma, Sri Lanka on the 10th of January. This was a major milestone  and we were very pleased with the outcome. Our partners at Rainforest Rescue International (RRI) did a great job in facilitating our visit.

Our priority was to meet the farmers currently on our team who cultivate the Forest Garden plots  and hand over the first batch of payments to them. In addition to this, we also inducted new farmers into our program. Furthermore, we conducted a seminar to educate and update the farmers on our activities.

Our management signs agreements with the farmers.

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The Conservation Carbon Company management also made a personal inspection of each plot. Somethings that really drove home the the complexity of our conservation  efforts can be seen in these pictures of areas outside our project zone. While to the casual observer the presence of these trees and other vegetation can be be seen to be a positive sign, in fact this is not the case.

The new growth (light green vegetation in the foreground)  that can be seen in this picture is the result of the forest being cleared and outside species gaining a foothold.

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After this, we had lunch at a farmer's house. While we were enjoying the panoramic view, we noticed this coconut tree (on the right of the picture). This too is an invasive species that should not be present in this area.

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Following lunch, we had a hike through the forest and came across this brook that gushed clear water.

 

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We heard numerous frogs species around it – a good indication as to the health of the local ecosystem. This also emphasised to us the importance of the location as a watershed area and why the organic aspects of our Analog Forestry and Forest Garden products  are so important. They eliminate the introduction of pesticides and chemicals into the water supply.

We also visit the nursery for native plants that Rainforest Rescue International run. Something new that they had done since our visit was to build a series of artificial pools. Their hope is that this will aid in the breeding cycle of frogs, which can be re-introduced into the wild.

Our last activity before leaving was a visit to a small local school (about 80 pupils in total). In conjunction with RRI, we distributed books and school-bags to the children. There were a couple of touching moments when the school's band played for us. Lacking the resources to purchase musical instruments, they had improvised using pieces of tube, making wind instruments out for them.The families of the children also gave us vegetables as parting gifts. We plan to to more for the school as CSR activities – our next goal is to give them grilling to secure the building against wildllife.

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Conservation stories of 2010 | Environment | guardian.co.uk December 31, 2010

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Great photo essay in the Guardian.

 

Bottom-up biodiversity | #conservation #srilanka #lka November 9, 2010

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CBNRM is a bottom-up approach that gives local communities, who are the ones to bear the costs of preserving and conserving resources, legal rights to manage those resources and benefit from their use. In economic terms, CBNRM gives local people incentives to preserve rather than poach or overuse the forests, wildlife or fisheries they control. 

This article really connected with us. The concept described bears many similarities with our own practices and certainly has the same goals – to make preserving the natural ecosystem an economically viable option for local communities.