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Sixth National Report

submitted on: 26 Jun 2019   last updated: 17 Jul 2020

Section I. Information on the targets being pursued at the national level

Sri Lanka

By 2022, a system is established and ongoing for inventorising species (taxonomy and conservation status), ecosystems (structure, function, composition and distribution), their services and values, to inform conservation planning and decision making

Sri Lanka is a small island with high diversity and high endemism and is listed as one of 35 global hotspots in the world. Yet this categorization has been based on limited data, and any gaps in information and data exist. Thus there exists a large need to continued taxonomic research and studies to ensure that species are inventorised.

EN
Level of application
National / Federal
Relevance of National Targets to Aichi Targets
 
19. Biodiversity knowledge
Relevant documents and information
  • Biodiversity Expert Group has been established by  Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment
  • National Red List 2012 is in the process of being updated
  • Handbook on Research and Monitoring developed, Sri Lanka Biodiversity Clearing House Mechanism has been created
  • Seven seed grants have been provided (BDS) for contract research to fill in knowledge gaps
  • Conducting awareness and extension programs by DWC, FD, DNM, DNBG, DNZG
  • Communications strategies have been developed for specific projects
EN

By 2022, habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation are significantly reduced

Sri Lanka underwent large scale deforestation during the hydraulic civilization from 200 BC till 1200 AD for agriculture, during colonial rule for plantations, and post-independence for development purposes and especially through the Mahaweli Development Programme. Currently, post-war, Sri Lanka is again entering a rapid development phase, especially placing increased pressure on the North and East forests. As a consequence there is increased habitat fragmentation, pollution and spread of invasive alien species.

EN
Level of application
National / Federal
Relevance of National Targets to Aichi Targets
 
5. Loss of habitats
8. Pollution
9. Invasive Alien Species
10. Vulnerable ecosystems
15. Ecosystem resilience
Relevant documents and information
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for Kelani, Attanagalu oya, Mahaweli and Mundeniaru basins are conducted by Department of Irrigation (DoI). The draft report for Mudeniaru is completed and work in progress for Kelani, Attanagalu and Mahaweli basins.
  • Integrated Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Northern  Province of Sri Lanka has been conducted by the UNDP and IUCN
  • Sri Lanka Coastal Zone and Coastal Resource Management Plan 2018 has been developed by Coast Conservation & Coastal Resource Management Department (CC&CRMD) (hard copy available)
  •  Ecosystem Conservation and Management Project (ESCAMP) through International Development Association (IDA) credit is ongoing
  • MEPA together with the IUCN is developing the Policy Strategies and National Action plan for Marine Environment Protection in Sri Lanka (   
  •  Ministry of Agriculture is conducting several projects, programmes and a loan scheme named "The Sara Lanka Loan Scheme" to reduce reliance on agro-chemical usage
  •  Effluent discharge standards  and ambient water quality standards have been revised  have been revised by the  Central Environment Authority (CEA)    
  •  Sri Lanka Tourism Strategic Plan 2017-2020 has been developed by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority
  • National Policy on Invasive Alien Species (IAS) and  the Strategies & Action Plan  for its Implementation in Sri Lanka
  • IAS website is established
  • No species specific plans but research based on introducing fish meal preparing techniques using invasive and alien Knife Fish has been conducted by National Aquatic Research and Development Agency (NARA - Annual Report 2016) and National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA) is conducting trials to use Tank Cleaner fish for fishmeal preparation
  • Special management plans have been developed for Pigeon Island, Vakarai lagoon, Panama- Pottuvil sand dunes, Rekwana, Hikadauwa, Negombo, Maduganga, Kalpitiya, Manella, etc., by CC&CRMD (hard copies available)
  • National Adaptation Plan for Climate Change in Sri Lanka 2016-2025 has been developed by the MoMD&E.
  • Colombo Wetland Management Strategy has been developed by the SLLRDC
  • Colombo wetlands have been recently declared as a Ramsar site (DWC)
EN

By 2022, the Protected Area (PA) network is made representative of all critical ecosystems and species and managed effectively

Although Sri Lanka has already surpassed the Aichi target 11 of having 17% of its land under protection, it falls short of the 10% target for marine protected areas having 0.3%. Therefore, assessment of adequacy and representation is essential. Further it is necessary to assess wherever PA are properly designated connectivity ensured and effective managed.

EN
Level of application
National / Federal
Relevance of National Targets to Aichi Targets
11. Protected areas
Relevant documents and information
  • Action Plan for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Palaeobiodiversity in Sri Lanka in 2014 exists and have identified palaeobiodiversity sites in Sri Lanka
  • Bio-cultural community for Kitul has been identified by BDS
  • Nayaru Nature Reserve gazetted in 2017, Nandikadal Nature Reserve gazetted in 2017 (Gazette Extraordinary no.2003/10) by the DWC.
  • Status assessment has been conducted by NARA where Little and Great Basses have been identified as sensitive sites and DWC have received cabinet approval to be declared as a Marin sanctuary.  Cabinet approval has already been received to expand Kahala Pallekele Sanctuary, and declare a new National Park (Kalawewa National Park), to upgrade Kahala Pallekele Sanctuary to a National Park, to declare Kayankerni Marine Zone as Kayankerni Marine Natural Reservation, to declare 25 ha around Kotuaththalawa Tank in Kurunegala District as Kotuaththalawa Sancturay, to declare 134 ha in Akurela Forest in Galle District as a Wildlife Sanctuary, to declare 12 ha of Kodigahakanda forest area in Kalutara District as a Wildlife Sanctuary and to declare new boundaries for the Maadu River Sanctuary in Galle District
  • A marine unit has been established at the DWC
  • Protected area network mapped out
  • Kala Wewa Kahalla-Pallekele Protected Area Complex Management Plan 2017-2022 and Wilpattu Strategic Management Framework have been developed by DWC
  • Central Environment Authority declared Warathenna-Hakkinda area in Kandy district as an Environmental Protection Area (EPA) as it contains a highly sensitive riparian ecosystem that provide habitats for a number of threatened flora and fauna
EN

By 2022, a system is established and ongoing for inventorising species (taxonomy conservation status), ecosystems (structure, function, composition and distribution), their services and values, to inform conservation planning and decision making.

Level of application
National / Federal
Relevance of National Targets to Aichi Targets
19. Biodiversity knowledge
Knowledge, the science base and technologies relating to biodiversity, its values, functioning, status and trends, and the consequences of its loss, are improved
Biodiversity knowledge, the science base and technologies are widely shared and transferred and applied
 
12. Preventing extinctions
13. Agricultural biodiversity
11. Protected areas
20. Resource mobilization
Mobilization of financial resources implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity from all sources have increased substantially from 2010 levels
Relevant documents and information
Biodiversity Expert Group has been established by Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment (MoMD&E) (MoMD&E Performance Report 2017

Handbook on Research and Monitoring developed, Sri Lanka Biodiversity Clearing House Mechanism has been created

No National Botanical and Zoological Survey Programme but conduct annual surveys of flora

Seed grants are annually provided by BDS

A training program on intermediate zone butterflies was conducted in 2018

National Science Foundation (NSF) and universities provide limited travel grants to experts

No specific communication strategy but communications strategies have been developed for specific projects (e.g. environmental sensitive zones 2016, ESA project 2017) by MoMD&E
EN

By 2022, habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation are significantly reduced

Level of application
National / Federal
Relevance of National Targets to Aichi Targets
5. Loss of habitats
The rate of loss of forests is at least halved and where feasible brought close to zero
15. Ecosystem resilience
At least 15 per cent of degraded ecosystems are restored, contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation, and to combating desertification
8. Pollution
Pollutants (of all types) has been brought to levels that are not detrimental to ecosystem function and biodiversity
Pollution from excess nutrients has been brought to levels that are not detrimental to ecosystem function and biodiversity
Ecosystem resilience and the contribution of biodiversity to carbon stocks have been enhanced through conservation and restoration
9. Invasive Alien Species
Invasive alien species identified and prioritized
Pathways identified and prioritized
Introduction and establishment of invasive alien species prevented
Priority species controlled or eradicated
Degradation and fragmentation are significantly reduced
10. Vulnerable ecosystems
Multiple anthropogenic pressures on other vulnerable ecosystems impacted by climate change or ocean acidification are minimized, so as to maintain their integrity and functioning
 
7. Areas under sustainable management
Areas under agriculture are managed sustainably, ensuring conservation of biodiversity
10. Vulnerable ecosystems
Multiple anthropogenic pressures on coral reefs are minimized, so as to maintain their integrity and functioning
1. Awareness of biodiversity values
People are aware of the values of biodiversity
11. Protected areas
At least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas are protected
Multiple anthropogenic pressures on other vulnerable ecosystems impacted by climate change or ocean acidification are minimized, so as to maintain their integrity and functioning
12. Preventing extinctions
Relevant documents and information
Integrated Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka has been conducted by the IUCN and UNDP

Sri Lanka Coastal Zone and Coastal Resource Management Plan 2018 has been developed by CC&CRMD . Ecosystem Conservation and Management Project (ESCAMP) through International Development Association (IDA) credit is ongoing. MEPA together with the IUCN is developing the Policy Strategies and National Action plan for Marine Environment Protection in Sri Lanka.

No national plan

Food Production National Programme 2016-2018 is developed to ensure high quality food production by adopting environmental-friendly methods and minimizing the use of chemical fertilizer and pesticides

No national strategy but effluent discharge standards and ambient water quality standards are being revised by the CEA

Sri Lanka Tourism Strategic Plan 2017-2020 has been developed by the SLTDA. Nature based tourism plans have been developed for Bundala, Udawalawe National Park, Sinharaja Forest Reserve, and Knuckles Conservation Forests through the ESCAMP project. Further, regulations on marine mammal watching exist but the enforcement is poor. Manewa Kanda Forest Reserve Sustainable Tourism Plan was developed in July 2017. Additionally, BDSL (Private Sector) has conducted a policy gap analysis in relation to tourism and biodiversity and has identified emerging, lesser known biodiversity rich destinations to reduce the tourism pressure on protected areas

BDS has conducted more than 80 campaigns to a range of audiences at the regional level

National Policy on Invasive Alien Species (IAS) and the Strategies & Action Plan for it's Implementation in Sri Lanka

IAS website is established

Several species specific management plans are developed by the NPQS

Special management plans have been developed for Pigeon Island, Vakarai lagoon, Panama- Pothuvil sand dunes, Rekwana, Hikkadauwa, Negombo, Maduganga, Kalpitiya, Manella, etc., by CC&CRMD (hard copies of some)

A few studies on the impacts of climate change on floral species, especially in relation to range expansion, have been conducted by academics

National Adaptation Plan for Climate Change in Sri Lanka 2016-2025 has been developed by the MoMD&E. Local level plans have been developed for the Southern Province one was recently developed.

Colombo Wetland Management Strategy has been developed by the SLLRDC. Colombo wetlands have been recently declared as a Ramsar site (DWC)
EN

By 2022, the PA network is made representative of all critical ecosystems and species and managed effectively.

Level of application
National / Federal
Relevance of National Targets to Aichi Targets
11. Protected areas
Protected areas are ecologically representative
Protected areas are well connected and integrated into the wider landscape and seascape
At least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas are protected
Protected areas are effectively and equitably managed
Areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services protected
 
2. Integration of biodiversity values
Relevant documents and information
Provincial SEAs are not completed and the gap analysis has not been updated since 2006. However, new sites have been declared as protected areas - Nayaru Nature Reserve and Nandikadal Nature Reserve gazetted in 2017 (Gazette Extraordinary no.2003/10). Further, - Status assessment has been conducted by NARA where Little and Great Basses have been identified as sensitive sites and DWC has received cabinet approval to be declared as a Marine sanctuary. Further, cabinet approval has been granted to declare Kayankerni Marine Zone as Kayankerni Marine Natural Reservation, to declare 25 ha around Kotuaththalawa Tank in Kurunegala District as Kotuaththalawa Sanctuary, to declare 134 ha in Akurela Forest in Galle District as a Wildlife Sanctuary, to declare 12 ha of Kodigahakanda forest area in Kalutara District as a Wildlife Sanctuary and to declare new boundaries for the Maadu River Sanctuary in Galle District. Central Environment Authority declared Warathenna-Hakkinda area in Kandy district as an Environmental Protection Area (EPA) as it contains a highly sensitive riparian ecosystem that provide habitats for a number of threatened flora and fauna.

Status assessment has been conduced by NARA where several sites and CR species have been identified. Chundikulam sanctuary has been upgraded to National Park (NP) status( Gazette Extraordinary No. 1920/3), Madhu road Sanctuary upgraded to NP status, Peak Wilderness Sanctuary upgraded to Nature Reserve (NR) status by the DWC. Cabinet approval has also been received to expand Kahala Pallekele Sanctuary, and declare a new National Park (Kalawewa National Park), to upgrade Kahala Pallekele Sanctuary to a National Park. CEA declared Warathenna-Hakkinda area in Kandy district and Pansalatenna-Maussawa area in Matale District as Environmental Protected Areas (EPAs) due to high ecological value

No national assessment but selected sites such as Little Basses and Kayanakerni reef sites have been identified as sensitive areas and have been granted cabinet approval to be declared as protected areas by DWC

A marine unit has been established at the DWC

Kala Wewa Kahalla-Pallekele Protected Area Complex Management Plan 2017-2022 and Wilpattu Strategic Management Framework have been developed by DWC

Areas of high palaeobiodiversity are identified by the BDS. Biodiversity Sri Lanka (BDSL) (Private Sector) BSL partnered with Dilmah Conservation and the Lanka Institute of Cave Science (LICAS) in August 2017, to address lack of information on caves by conducting rapid biodiversity surveys of 20 caves in Sri Lanka

Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) and National Crafts Council (NCC) conduct a range of projects, including bee-keeping programs and promotion of sustainable cotton industries .Bio-cultural community for Kitul – BDS (not published)
EN

By 2022, the loss of species is significantly reduced

Level of application
National / Federal
Relevance of National Targets to Aichi Targets
12. Preventing extinctions
The conservation status of those species most in decline has been improved and sustained
19. Biodiversity knowledge
Biodiversity knowledge, the science base and technologies are widely shared and transferred and applied
Knowledge, the science base and technologies relating to biodiversity, its values, functioning, status and trends, and the consequences of its loss, are improved
Extinction of known threatened species has been prevented
 
5. Loss of habitats
12. Preventing extinctions
Relevant documents and information
Updating of the Red List is underway.

Not an interactive web portal but the CHM website includes threatened species for major taxonomic groups.

Small research grants are provided if consolidated funds are available annually

In consultation with the DNBG, BDS has identified 2 species for prioritisation and are developing recovery plans

Galleries and research facilities in Natural History Museum (DNM) are upgraded to improve ex-situ conservation. Number of threatened sp. are already successfully bred. New three breeding centers have been proposed for construction and construction of one breeding centre has started (DNZG) ( By 2019 there will be conservation centers in Gonapola and Rideeyagama Safari Park and breeding centers will be established and expected to expand to Pinnawala by 2020.).

Regulations have been drafted by the DWC for regularizing activities of private sea turtle conservation and study centres (in Sinhala only)

Marine Conservation Centre in Dodanduwa has been established in 2017 by DWC. Sub-project proposal by DWC for establishing a ‘Elephant Holding Ground’ at Lunugamwehera National Park (NP) was approved. Special Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) patrolling training have been provided to DWC staff and patrolling has been initiated in the Southern and Uva wildlife regions

Diyasaru Wetland Park Which is located in Thalawathugoda maintained by SLLRDC and provide habitats for many endangered and endemic fauna. Some endemic and wetland plant species being planted in the premises as a part of conservation activities being conducted within the park. Ridiyagama Safari park was established introducing local and exotic animals following 2016.

Biodiversity Protection Unit of Sri Lanka Custom (SLC) carry out active screening to identify illegally traded flora and fauna and takes appropriate action in any violation is detected. DoF is tracking multi day boat by using vessel monitoring system, E-log book system and Port State Measures (PSM).
EN

By 2022, the valuation of biodiversity is mainstreamed.

Level of application
National / Federal
Relevance of National Targets to Aichi Targets
1. Awareness of biodiversity values
People are aware of the values of biodiversity
2. Integration of biodiversity values
Biodiversity values integrated into national and local planning processes
 
19. Biodiversity knowledge
17. NBSAPs
NBSAPs adopted as effective policy instrument
Relevant documents and information
Special wetland conservation projects have been implemented by SLLRDC in the "Diyasaru Uyana" to create awareness about wetland biodiversity and endangered animals like the fishing cat. Urban Fishing Cat Conservation Project is conducted in collaboration with Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLRDC) and DWC. Private sector (e.g. Jetwing Hotels) fund projects that conserve habitats for endangered endemic species and conduct biodiversity research awareness programs. A policy brief on Green Accounting has been developed by the MoMD&E.

MoMD&E has carried out awareness programs for the government teachers on environment education introduced under the new syllabus (2017-2021). Updates on teacher guidelines have been carried out by the National Institute of Education (NIE) (e.g. 13 years of Guaranteed Education in Environmental Related Studies).

Meditation Centres named, "Aranyasenasana" indirectly support protection of ecosystem and wildlife. Guidelines have been developed for "Aranyasenasa" by FD

A policy brief on Green Accounting has been developed by the MoMD&E.

No guidelines but biodiversity conservation has been incorporated into national and local level landuse planning by the Land Use Policy Planning Department, where ecological sensitive areas have been identified and prioritised for rehabilitation (e.g. Punarudaya” National Environmental Conservation Programme, Preparation land use plan for Kala Oya river basin by mainstreaming biodiversity
EN

By 2022, mechanisms are established to ensure sustainable use of biodiversity

Level of application
National / Federal
Relevance of National Targets to Aichi Targets
3. Incentives
Positive incentives for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity developed and applied
Incentives, including subsidies, harmful to biodiversity, eliminated, phased out or reformed in order to minimize of avoid negative impacts
4. Use of natural resources
Governments, business and stakeholders at all levels have taken steps to achieve, or have implemented, plans for sustainable production and consumption
6. Sustainable fisheries
All fish and invertebrate stocks and aquatic plants are managed and harvested sustainably, legally and applying ecosystem based approaches
 
20. Resource mobilization
Mobilization of financial resources implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity from all sources have increased substantially from 2010 levels
Relevant documents and information
Pilot scale mechanisms have been established by CC&CRMD to generate sustainable self-financing for biodiversity and ecosystem service conservation

Several management methods implemented by National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA) for freshwater stock management in water bodies (e.g. Jayanthi Wewa and Senanayake Samudraya) with an economic model to produce more income for the fishermen

Inland fishing guidelines have been prepared and a programme has been conducted in Kalpitiya to promote best practices to minimize the destructive harvesting methods by DWC. National Plan of Action has been developed by DFAR

Food fish production assessments have been conducted by National Aquatic Resource Research and Development Agency (NARA). Off season has been declared for Herring by NARA. Stock assessment plan is been carried out in 2018 in marine fisheries by MFARD ,
EN

By 2022, traditional sustainable uses of biodiversity are promoted and established

Level of application
National / Federal
Relevance of National Targets to Aichi Targets
18. Traditional knowledge
Traditional knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities are respected
19. Biodiversity knowledge
Traditional knowledge, innovations and practices are fully integrated and reflected in implementation of the Convention
6. Sustainable fisheries
Recovery plans and measures are in place for all depleted species
Relevant documents and information
3 publications have been produced - BDS

A draft of National Policy and strategies on Traditional Knowledge and Practices and BACC project aims to integrate tradition knowledge on climate change adaptation.
Biodiversity related Traditional knowledge Volume 1, 2, 3 are present (hard copies)
• National Agriculture Policy, Policy statement 3.1


With the aim of conserving and promoting sustainable consumption of herbal plants, DoAyur conduct a number of programs to develop model nurseries, herbal gardens and a number of organic garden cultivation projects

Human resource development for fisheries management – DFAR Action Plan 2016
EN

By 2022, sustainable agriculture practices are promoted and established

Level of application
National / Federal
Relevance of National Targets to Aichi Targets
4. Use of natural resources
Governments, business and stakeholders at all levels have taken steps to achieve, or have implemented, plans for sustainable production and consumption
7. Areas under sustainable management
Areas under agriculture are managed sustainably, ensuring conservation of biodiversity
19. Biodiversity knowledge
Biodiversity knowledge, the science base and technologies are widely shared and transferred and applied
18. Traditional knowledge
Traditional knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities are respected
 
18. Traditional knowledge
Relevant documents and information
Actions relevant to reduce fish post harvest losses and quality improvement have been imitated by DFAR. Draft policy on sustainable production and consumption.

DoA has conducted programs and projects such as awareness on traditional rice varieties (BFN, BACC, National Food Production (awareness on traditional rice), underutilized fruit crop. Underutilized species gardens have been established at schools and at universities under the BFN project.

“Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition” (BFN) website has been established under the BFN project implemented by the Ministry of Environment and executed by the Department of Agriculture

BDS has initiated Biodiversity for Adaptation to Climate Change (BACC) project with the support of UN Environment and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), in collaboration with Diversity International to ensure that agro biodiversity is conserved and used to meet the challenges of climate change and improve rural livelihoods. A publication on “Traditional Knowledge use in Sri Lankan Agro ecosystems for Livelihoods and Adaptation to Climate Change” has been developed under the BACC project as a guide to mainstream biodiversity conservation in agricultural systems. traditional Knowledge is gathered and distributed through media, websites and publications under the BFN project. Additionally, MoMD&E has initiated work on rehabilitating ancient tank cascade systems in many parts of the country.

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certificating system for farmers has been initiated by the Department of Agriculture. Soil Conservation Action Plan is being developed by the BDS. Beehive boxes project in Sigiriya has been started by Jetwing.
EN

By 2022, genetic diversity of crop wild relatives, cultivated species and livestock is conserved

Level of application
National / Federal
Relevance of National Targets to Aichi Targets
13. Agricultural biodiversity
Strategies have been developed and implemented for minimizing genetic erosion and safeguarding genetic diversity
The genetic diversity of wild relatives is maintained
 
11. Protected areas
Areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services protected
Relevant documents and information
Seed banks have been established in Miladeniya, Giribawa and Udukumbara sites under the Biodiversity for Adaptation to Climate Change (BACC) project. DoA and PGRC are improving facilities to enhance the germplasm conservation and utilization (e.g. establishing seed testing and certification laboratories in Paranthan and Murunkan for conserving plant and genetic material, conducting training for officers for identifying genetic enrichment and identifying pea variants). - National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA) has established a "Fish Genetic Resource Development Centre" in Dambulla in 2017. NAQDA will start breeding two threatened fish sp. using this facility. "Fish Sperm Bank" is established and this facility could be used to preserve fish sperms for longer periods and facilitate artificial breeding programs.

Promotion of root and tuber crops through home garden programs

PGRC is conducting the following (a) Development of a mini-coret collection of traditional varieties (Sudu Heenati, Kaluheenati, Suwandal, pachchaperumal, kuruluthuda, suduru samba, pokkkali) (b) Characterization of rice germplasm for drought tolerant (c) Molecular Characterization of Annona germplasm (d) Tagging of Yellow Vein Mosaic Virus (YVMV) resistance gene in wild Okra (e) Analysis of Genetic Diversity of Nai miris (f) Molecular characterization of selected Dioscorea accessions 02 HORDI : (a) Genetic variation in Anthurium (b) Varietal screening for virus vectors (Bitter gourd) (c) Brinjal genotypes for resistance/ tolerance to shoot and fruit borer (d) Screening of Banana planting material against panama didease (3) Plant Virus Indexing Centre : (a) Identification of genetic diversity in Kolikuttu banana (b) Development of transgenic papaya through Agrobacterium mediated transformation - DoA

Has been initiated for traditional rice and yam under the food production drive through BACC project
EN

By 2022, a mechanism for equitable sharing of benefits arising from biodiversity is established and implemented

Level of application
National / Federal
Relevance of National Targets to Aichi Targets
16. Nagoya Protocol on ABS
The Nagoya Protocol is operational, consistent with national legislation
Relevant documents and information
Material transfer agreements related to Nagoya Protocol are being amended by the BDS. Flora and Fauna Protection Ordinance is being amended by DWC

Draft National Policy on access to Biological Resources and Benefit Sharing is being finalized by the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment (MoMD&E). Commercial and non-commercial Material Transfer Agreements have been drafted by the BDS

Code of Ethics for Research on Biological Diversity involving access to Genetic Resources has been developed by the BDS.
EN