The Novel Species Paving the way for Biodiversity Conservation Program was initiated to drive research and awareness on Sri Lanka’s less charismatic but no less important threatened species. The program fuels research on vulnerable species lacking scientific data and undertakes awareness-raising campaigns in Sri Lanka to promote appreciation for the more obscure species on the island.
Dilmah Conservation in partnership with the Herpetological Foundation of Sri Lanka and in association with the internationally acclaimed lichenologist Dr. Gothamie Weerakoon, have uncovered over 40 species in Sri Lanka previously unknown to science.
The ‘Novel Species Paving the way for Biodiversity Conservation Programme’ has uncovered over 40 species previously unknown to science, among them are included 2 species of gecko, 4 snake species, 12 frogs and 23 lichens.
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The programme also supported the discovery of 162 new Lichen records from Sri Lanka; while these species have been previously discovered in other countries, they had not been recorded from Sri Lanka before.