Green Guards at the Port
The Sunday TIMES, Sunday 24 January 2010
Election day – January 26 is also International Customs Day. Here Malaka Rodrigo looks at how the Lanka Customs Biodiversity Protection Unit operates
Designated as one of the 34 biodiversity hotspots in the world, Sri Lanka’s wealth of natural resources has also attracted the attention of unscrupulous elements who attempt to rob the country in many ways. Birds’ nests, endemic water plants, butterfly cocoons, undersize shipments of chank are among the recent spoils nabbed by the vigilant eyes of the Customs’ Biodiversity Protection Unit.
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Protect the true Sri Lankans - our endemic species
The Sunday TIMES, Sunday 03 January 2010
The United Nations has declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity. Sri Lanka is blessed with an amazing biodiversity but are we doing enough to protect it, asks Malaka Rodrigo
In the 1990's, members of the Wildlife Conservation Society of Galle discovered a species of small freshwater fish in a stream in Wilpita in the Matara district. Conducting a survey recently, they couldn't find the fish Raspora Wilpita, as it was named, in the stream where it was discovered. It was later located in streams deeper in the rainforest. This fish that prefers shady streams may have been affected due to agrochemical use, changes in the vegetation around the stream or even invasive plants.
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