Sri Lanka business, IUCN in bio conservation drive

Nov 23, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Dilmah, a tea sector group are starting an initiative to promote conservation. The Business and Biodiversity Platform (B&B Platform) would allow businesses to share information on conservation and also tap local international expertise in the area.

“The platform will provide science, technical and management advice on biodiversity conservation issues to assist businesses to become more sustainable,” the Ceylon Chamber said in a statement.

“The combination of sustaining high economic growth rates and improving the lives of the poor or marginalized communities whilst not compromising on environmental conservation and restoration is one of the biggest challenges facing the country.:

“Safeguarding the country’s biodiversity is integral to sustainable development, competitiveness, economic growth and employment. Many of the services that biodiversity and ecosystems provide are currently severely threatened.”

‘The B@B Platform’ intiative will promote private sector leadership through a forum where firms can easily get technical support, share information, promote be