The Sri Lanka Business and Biodiversity (SL B&B) platform of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will hold its second meeting of members and CEO Forum focusing on the platform’s achievements so far and some key initiatives it has developed for the benefit of its membership and the Sri Lankan private sector at large. The event will be held today, 6 October, at the Ramada Colombo.
The overall mandate of the platform is to encourage dialogue and raise awareness on biodiversity and environmental issues amongst the Sri Lankan business community. Backed by 29 Patron Member companies and 24 General Member companies, the platform works to assist the private sector in understanding and mainstreaming biodiversity within their core businesses, partnering with the Government, non-government sectors as well as academia.
At this event, the SL B&B Platform will relaunch as an autonomous body – Biodiversity Sri Lanka – taking its status to a higher level with refined focus on addressing national priorities with regard to biodiversity conservation. In addition, the CEOs and focal points of its member companies will also witness the launch of a ranking scheme for biodiversity projects, a biodiversity credit accrual system for Sri Lanka, and an online biodiversity/environmental project bank, at this meeting.
The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) and Dilmah Conservation established the Sri Lanka Business and Biodiversity Platform to encourage and provide services to Sri Lankan businesses to engage more vigorously in the conservation and sustainable use of Sri Lanka’s unique biodiversity.
One of the aims of the platform is to be a one-stop-shop for information, advice and scientific assistance to companies to preserve our natural heritage. The platform is committed to publicise the efforts of the private sector and to create a network linking Sri Lanka’s businesses, Government agencies and biodiversity conservation organisations. http://business-biodiversity.lk/.