Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) – 6th National Report
Sri Lanka became a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1992 and the convention was ratified in 1994.
To fulfill this objective, Sri Lanka has prepared the National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders. The decision of the Conference on Parties (COP), CBD has requested that countries take initiatives to prepare the 6th National Report which will assess the progress and implementation of the National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan (NBSAP). Therefore, the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment has initiated actions to prepare the 6th National Report of Sri Lanka under the direct modality funding of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). EFL is assigned with the task of preparing the report.
The EFL team is currently in the process of collecting information to update the biodiversity profile and assess the progress of national biodiversity conservation measures required for developing the report.
The main initial workshop for the 6th National Report was held on the 16th of January 2018 in Colombo. This was to introduce the project, specify desired outcomes and obtain relevant stakeholder ideas and inputs on to execute this project collaboratively.
On the 19th & 20th of February 2018, a two-day residential workshop for National Institutes was also held. This was to gather all stakeholders in one room, to collect and validate all the required information and data required to assess the progress of the actions outlined in the National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan (NBSAP).
Workshops for Biodiversity experts were divided into two sessions as Flora and Fauna.
The first session was held on the 25th & 26th of April consulting and gaining information from Fauna experts. The workshop was conducted by EFL as part of the expert consultation for the development of the 6th National Report.
The second session was held on the 14th &15th of May, to prepare the 6th National Report of Sri Lanka funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Experts in the field of Flora and lesser known taxa were convened and consulted to gain information on the changes following the public of the National Red List 2012 of Sri Lanka. The session focused on areas such as proposed changes to the ecological zones, identification of important habitats within the zones for key taxa, evaluation of threats and discussion on conservation interventions required for effective biodiversity conservation. This was another productive session that will contribute immensely to the 6th National Report on the status of biodiversity.
Since its beginning, EFL has contributed to the preparation of the report by actively taking part in workshops, collecting information to update the biodiversity profile and by assessing the progress of national biodiversity conservation measures required for developing the report.
The report is in its final stages of preparation at present.