Through the Biodiversity Division of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and in collaboration with the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Peradeniya and the Department of Agriculture, the Government of Sri Lanka is organizing a national celebration of IBD 2008 in order to mobilize scientific advice to decision makers on agrobiodiversity conservation and use in Sri Lanka.
Agrobiodiversity for Prosperity
Sri Lanka International Day for Biological Diversity: National Action Plan (NAP) for Agrobiodiversity launched May 16 2008
On 16 May 2008 in Colombo, Sri Lanka officially launched the “National Action Plan For Agrobiodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Utilization In Sri Lanka.
Biodiversity and Agriculture is the theme for the International Day for Biological Diversity 2008 which coincides with the formulation of the NAP on agricultural biodiversity through wide stakeholder consultative process. NAP presents the holistic approach of directives on conservation and utilization of agrobiodiversity. The main objectives of the NAP is to provide a comprehensive long term development framework including necessary guidelines, tasks, strategies and systematic approaches for conservation and utilization of agrobiodiversity in Sri Lanka using an ecosystem approach. NAP consideration is given on gaps, issues and recommendations made in Biodiversity Conservation in Sri Lanka: A Framework for Action (BCAP) Addendum (2007). Therefore NAP provides a strong platform to implement the BCAP Addendum in Sri Lanka in line with the scope of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
|Handing over the NAP to Hon PC Ranawaka, M.P. (Left) Minister of Environment by Prof. B Marambe, Dean Faculty of Agriculture