BCH Website launched
By Thameenah Razeek
The Sri Lanka Bio Safety Clearing House (BCH) website was launched under the patronage of Secretary to the Ministry of Environment Dr. Anil Jasinghe.
This website has information related to bio safety in terms of authorities, regulations, guidelines, experts,databases, risk assessment, awareness and whom to contact. Further, this provides linkage to the global BCH (http://bch.cbd.int/) and thus, serves as a gateway to global information on Bio safety.
Dr. Jasinghe explained that Sri Lanka possessed abundant biological diversity and the country was classified as one of the global ‘biodiversity hot spots’ based on its hosting a large number of endemic plants and vertebrates.
“SriLanka depends heavily on its biological resources to sustain its economy, making it very important to take note of any threats to biodiversity. The country has adopted a proactive approach to formulating environmental policy and has been one of the first countries to ratify the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1994,” he said.