Tourism and Sri Lanka’s amazing bio-diversity, from mighty blue whales, elephants and leopards to exotic birds and butterflies, will be celebrated by the United Nations on May 22.
The UN’s International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB), with the theme ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’, coincides with its International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
Environment Lanka is showcasing both events on its website, which notes that “biodiversity, at the level of species and ecosystems, provides an important foundation for many aspects of tourism”.
“Recognition of the great importance to tourism economies of attractive landscapes and a rich biodiversity underpins the political and economic case for biodiversity conservation.
“A well-managed tourism sector can contribute significantly to reducing threats to, and maintain or increase, key wildlife populations and biodiversity values through tourism revenue.”
Biodiversity Sri Lanka (BSL) is this year featuring four case studies from Sri Lanka and the Asia region to raise awareness and action towards the important contribution of sustainable tourism both to economic growth and to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
Read more here.