Renowned folklore researcher, Mahinda Kumar Dalupotha describes the rich cultural heritage of our island home in this short video series ‘Our Agricultural Traditions- A Revival,’ a Sinhala narrative that takes you through a detailed examination of the age old agricultural practices explaining the intricacies with which they were harmoniously interwoven into nature and environment.
Biodiversity Sri Lanka opened the discussion for Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism on the International Day for Biological Diversity 2017, with the support of Dilmah Conservation at the HNB Towers on 22nd May 2017. The forum hosted a brilliant body of national and international panellists comprising of Maeve Nightingale from IUCN Asia, Environmental Expert Dr Sumith Pilapitiya, Representative of Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle, Dilan Bandara and Madhura de Silva of the Wildlife Conservation Society-Galle, highlighted various aspects of the tourism industry; its impact and effect on socio-economic constructs and the environment.
Biodiversity Sri Lanka is a not-for-profit private sector organisation, initiated by Dilmah Conservation in association with IUCN and Ceylon Chamber of Commerce to facilitate economic growth and sustainable development while encouraging businesses to protect the biodiversity of Sri Lanka.
The President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, inaugurated Dilmah Conservation’s One Earth Urban Arboretum at the Dilmah Conservation Sustainable Agriculture Research Center in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. In the capacity of Minister for the Environment, President Sirisena has been a strong advocate of environmental protection. He was joined by Dilmah Founder, Merrill J. Fernando, who shares the same commitment to environmental conservation, in declaring open Sri Lanka’s first ever urban arboretum.
One Earth features over 500 diverse species of flora, as well as a model irrigation tank (reservoir), a paddy field, a traditional agriculture and household resource centre and a traditional tree hut. Dilmah Conservation intends for One Earth to foster a love and respect of trees and the forests, among Sri Lanka’s urban population, through a better understanding of their immeasurable value to human life and thereby promote the protection and expansion of Sri Lanka’s urban forests. Additionally, One Earth hopes to enlighten visitors on the unique agricultural features that are specific to Sri Lanka and to demonstrate how the ancestors of Sri Lanka always prioritized the environment.