International Bio Diversity YearEnvironment and Natural Resources premises on the 18th of February 2010.
Speaking at the event the minister for environment and Natural Resources
Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka advised the public not to vote for candidates who pollutes the environment during for the upcoming general election 2010. Poster campaign to promote awareness on Bio Diversity was also distributed with the cooperation of Vidusara scientific magazine. Dr. Devaka Weerakon representing the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka presented a calendar to commemorate the International Bio Diversity year. Speaking at the event the minister stated that
Sri Lanka is a hot-spot for Bio Diversity, and lot of species are endangered due to climate change. He further said that mass development has resulted human-elephant conflict in Sri Lanka and we have seen animal population going up in urban areas.
He also stated that the ministry have connected the wild life ranges from north to south except in Wayamba province, and Mahaweli range is a successful example.He further said that the ministry have come forward to protect 150 forestry ranges in Sri Lanka with the support of Wild Life Department, including marine resources in Sri Lanka
Agriculture minister for western province Hon. Udaya Gammanpila also graced the event. Minister Gammanpila said a garden will be setup in Homagama area to promote bio diversity with an excess area of 450 acres in future.