Conserving marine biodiversity | Daily News


Conserving marine biodiversity

WNPS monthly lecture on `Prioritizing marine conservation: Facts vs fuzz’by Nishan Perera will be held on February 20 at 6 pm, Jasmine Hall, BMICH 

What drives our conservation instinct? Why are we drawn towards certain species and ecosystems? Are we focusing on the most pressing issues and practical solutions? Can we prioritize conservation issues based on science, while using charismatic species? Sri Lanka has a high diversity of marine and coastal ecosystems, fauna and flora, and a rich history of marine research and exploration. However, Sri Lankas marine biodiversity is increasingly threatened by over fishing, pollution, coastal development and climate change. And while marine conservation is gaining public attention, ground level implementation remains inadequate due to limited capacity both in terms of funding and human resources.Some of the most important marine conservation issues continue to be ignored by both the public and policy makers. Using charismatic species as drivers of ecosystem-based management has had success in many countries both for marine and terrestrial species by bridging the gap between science and human attachment to popular, pretty and charismatic species. The talk will explore these issues through examples from Sri Lanka and around the world, highlighting conservation priorities, challenges, and success stories.

Nishan Perera - Nishan is a marine biologist with an interest in coral reef ecology, fisheries and marine protected area management with work experience in Sri Lanka and internationally. He is a co-founder of Blue Resources Trust, a Sri Lankan marine research and conservation organization. He currently oversees the coral reef research program at Blue Resources Trust, and is conducting research on coral reef resilience, reef fish distribution and sustainable small-scale fisheries. Nishan is also an underwater photographer and his work has been featured in several local and international publications.The WNPS public lecture is open both members and non-members, entrance free. 

Visit Sri Lanka's Largest online shop. Over 125,000 unique categories such as Fresh Flowers, Cakes, Food, Jewllery, Childrens Toys and other Sri Lankan e-commerce categories. Low delivery cost to most cities here and free delivery in Colombo.

Add new comment