KI-AI-BO stands out to create a global tree planting program supportive for the enhancement of lives and livelihoods of people. To this end, KI-AI-BO is a unique tree planting program that closely integrates people interaction with trees at various stages of plant life with different types of trees and plants.
KI-AI-BO induces a socio-economic movement to create mutual benefit of people and environment by planting trees. While its retreats the mother nature by raising more trees, it addresses many fundamental development aspects of people: Health, Environment, Agriculture and Tourism, especially in emerging economies where infrastructural provisioning for tree conservation is less attended compared to developed economies.
KI-AI-BO is conceived in Japan with the objective of fostering less privileged communities in the dry-zone of Sri Lanka by creating a coherent support from trees to their development initiatives. To date, nearly two thousand trees are planted in a agri-farming project ‘Sri Lanka- Japan Collaborative Farm in Mudalama-Sri Lanka’, in one of the areas long suffered from less rainfall and ground water salinity. Through an owner-based farming system, nearly 30 families in the area are benefitted introducing the region a new model of sustainable agriculture. Strategically chosen different types of two thousand trees are planted and it is expected to transform the long-term rough land area into a site with rich agritourism experience in three years. KI-AI-BO has started expanding its coverage to other parts in the dry zone and some coastal areas affected by erosion in Sri Lanka.
In the first phase KI-AI-BO intends to plant one million trees in Sri Lanka around selected sites which can support the region to build sustainable communities. The program will extend to one billion trees in the region.