Sri Lanka business chamber launches biodiversity project ranking scheme

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s main business chamber has introduced a Biodiversity Project Ranking Scheme to encourage companies to adopt a scientific approach to their conservation efforts and ensure adequate community involvement.

The scheme has been pilot tested and refined during the past year, according to Biodiversity Sri Lanka, the biodiversity unit of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

“Through this scheme, it will become possible for corporate biodiversity projects to be ranked based on established criteria with the objective of fine tuning these projects and to gear them to address national conservation priorities,” it said.

Guidelines for the auditors and information for participating companies on the scheme, unveiled at Biodiversity Sri Lanka’s annul general meeting on Friday, have now been completed.

“The scheme aims to help people to do better projects,” Devaka Weerakoon, a conservation biologist whose research focuses on the conservation of endangered species, told the meeting.

Biodiversity Sri Lanka, which aims to foster dialogue between Sri Lanka’s private sector and conservation agencies, will help chose projects and develop project ideas, said Weerakoon, a professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Colombo.

Biodiversity Sri Lanka said the scheme is a first for Sri Lanka and will pave the way for biodiversity projects and programmes being undertaken by the private sector to be given due recognition in the national conservation agenda.

It said that, to date, over 60 big companies with high standards of environmental custodianship have enlisted themselves as members of the platform.
(COLOMBO, Oct 03, 2016)

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