Well, it has been another busy month at Biodiversity Sri Lanka (BSL). We just wrapped up a successful Annual General Meeting, an interactive Technical Session and a CEO Forum, at the Ramada Hotel Colombo on 12th September, 2017. On behalf of BSL, we like to take this opportunity to thank our Patron, General and Associate Members that attended the sessions. Your interest and support in developing BSL is invaluable.
We thank Dilmah Conservation, Nations Trust Bank, Access Engineering, Digital Media Partner-Echowave, and our Host Hotel- Ramada Colombo, for making the event possible.
The Technical Sessions had two moderated sessions led by Ms Mihirini de Zoysa, Managing Director of Corporate Druids. Trash Talks – On Moving forward saw the collective participation and focused illustrative insights & practical actions from the audience. Walking the Talk – Lessons from the Field was a moderated panel discussion, comprising Ms Neelika Tillekeratne (CIC Holdings PLC), Mr Theja Silva ( Nations Trust Bank), Mr Asanka Abayakoon (Resplendent Ceylon), Ms Dilini Fernando (HSBC) and Mr Arjan Rajasuriya (IUCN Sri Lanka).
A third technical session focussed on the Introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Compass – guidance for companies on aligning strategies as well as measuring and managing contributions to the realization of biodiversity related SDGs. The Session was led by Mr Uchita de Zoysa, Sustainable Development Advisor, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife (Sri Lanka).
The Annual General Meeting commenced with the incumbent Chair, Mr Dilhan C Fernando, CEO, Ceylon Tea Services PLC leading proceedings to its conclusion. Taking advantage of everyone’s presence, the Chair welcomed Board Members on stage to officially launch the Resource Efficiency Pledge and the new look website.
Mr Srilal Miththapala, Consultant, Business Development- LTL Holdings Pvt Ltd, and Tourism and Hospitality Specialist spoke on Sri Lanka’s Opportunity in Sustainability from a biodiversity perspective, lashing out hard cold facts on the vulnerable platform our biodiversity rests today. Also during the evening, H.E. Mr Jean-Marin Schuh, Ambassador of France, Embassy of France to Sri Lanka and Maldives, addressed the very captive audience on the 4/1000 Initiative. The Initiative launched by France, sets out to bring together all willing contributors in the public and private sectors (national governments, local and regional government, companies, trade organisations, NGOs, research facilities, and others) under the framework of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA).The aim of the Initiative is to demonstrate that agriculture, and agricultural soils in particular, can play a crucial role where food security and climate change are concerned.
The day’s proceedings came to a close with refreshments and networking.