Biodiversity Sri Lanka, a private sector owned and driven platform initiated by Dilmah Conservation in partnership with IUCN and Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, took the Resource Efficiency Pledge at the Second Annual General Meeting on 12th September 2017, as they recognize that resource efficiency is a crucial element of a growing and sustainable economy.
Quoting the French President, Emmanuel Macron, the French Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives, H. E. Mr Jean-Marin Schuh said, "What could still be up for debate a few years ago is now plain and obvious to everybody. If we do nothing our children will know a world of migration, of wars, of shortages the disappearances of archipelagos and coastal cities. This has already begun. On climate, there is no plan B because there is planet B. Make our planet great again"
H.E. Mr Jean-Marin Schuh urged the public and private sectors to join their hands to protect our planet help stop climate change as he spoke about the 4/1000 initiative which aims to engage stakeholders in a transition towards a productive, resilient agriculture based on sustainable soil management and generate jobs thus allowing sustainable development.
"The 4/1000 initiative is a model that intends to demonstrates how a small increase in the soil carbon stock in soil is crucial to increasing soil fertility, and agricultural productivity, while complementing the necessary efforts at reducing global greenhouse gas emissions." - H.E. Mr Jean-Marin Schuh, Ambassador of France, Embassy of France to Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Economic growth will inadvertently lead to an increased demand for natural capital. Given this, the objective of every developmental activity is to make it sustainable. Mr. Srilal Miththipala, Tourism and Hospitality Specialist, elucidated the startling impact the growing business sector can have on the planet's resources, as he reminded the forum on the need for striking an equilibrium between economic growth and sustainability.
At the Biodiversity Sri Lanka Annual General Meeting 2017, the member corporate bodies took the Resource Efficiency Pledge, declaring their commitment towards making resource efficiency a priority of their businesses and reducing waste generated through their operations to a minimal or zero level.