The Biodiversity Sri Lanka, an affiliation of private sector companies, initiated by Dilmah Conservation, IUCN and Chamber of Commerce convened at the Ramada Hotel on 12th September 2017, opening the discussion on the conservation and protection of Sri Lanka’s biodiversity wealth, as responsible corporate entities which drive the economic progress of the country.
"What are the practical issues pertaining to managing waste at industry level?" Moderated by Mhirini de Soyza, the session began with participating members reflecting on the everyday waste management issues, initiating a dialogue on the present challenges, and solutions that could possibly help in achieving these objectives.
Representatives from Sri Lanka's leading companies, Ms. Neelika Tillekeratne( CIC HoldingsPLC), Mr. Theja Silva (Nations Trust Bank), Mr. Asanka Abayakoon ( Resplendent Ceylon), Ms. Dilini Fernando (HSBC) and Mr. Arjan Ratnasooriya (IUCN Sri Lanka) shared their insights on critical areas that they need to address as private sector entities working towards biodiversity conservation.
In order to begin acting on the necessary goals of development, we need to approach it holistically. Mr. Uchita de Zoysa, Sustainable Development Advisor, illustrated the intricacies and the complexities of the sustainable development goals as he emphasized on their interdependent nature how neither aspect of these objectives can be neglected.