he United Nations has proclaimed May 22 as the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
This year, the declared theme for International Day for Biological Diversity is “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism”, chosen to coincide with the observance of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly. Several activities are conducted in Sri Lanka on this Biodiversity day on 22nd May 2017.
As you are well aware, biodiversity, at the level of species and ecosystems, provides an important foundation for many aspects of tourism. Recognition of the great importance to tourism economies of attractive landscapes and a rich biodiversity underpins the political and economic case for biodiversity conservation. A well-managed tourism sector can contribute significantly to reducing threats to, and maintain or increase, key wildlife populations and biodiversity values through tourism revenue.
Celebrating International Day for Biological Diversity in Sri Lanka
Biodiversity Sri Lanka BSL in association with its Patron Members Hatton National Bank and Dilmah Tea, will commemorate the International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD) on Monday 22nd May2017, at the Auditorium of the Hatton National Bank, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, 479, T B Jaya Mawatha, Colombo 10, at 5.00 pm.
BSL celebrate this year by featuring 04 prominent and illustrative case studies from Sri Lanka and the Asia region, in order to raise awareness and action towards the important contribution of sustainable tourism both to economic growth and to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Presenters will be experts in the field and tourism sector personnel.
Official site of Biodiversity day
Check details from Convention on Biodiversity Official website
Biodiversity in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is one of the smallest, but biologically diverse countries in Asia. Consequently it is recognized as a Biodiversity hotspot of global and national importance. Its varied climate and topographical conditions have given rise to this rich species diversity, believed to be the highest in Asia in terms of unit land area.
Much of the species are endemic: of 3,210 flowering plants belonging to 1,052 genera, 916 species and 18 genera are endemic. Sri Lanka may be home to as many as 140 species of amphibians. More than 50 known freshwater crabs are confined to Sri Lanka. – See more at: http://www.environmentlanka.com/biodiv/biodiv.php