18. Want to Avert Extinctions in Sri Lanka?
Empower the Citizenry!
- Peter H. Raven2,
- Navjot S. Sodhi3 and
- Luke Gibson3
Published Online: 12 JUL 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Conservation Biology : Voices from the Tropics
How to Cite
Pethiyagoda, R. (2013) Want to Avert Extinctions in Sri Lanka?, in Conservation Biology : Voices from the Tropics (eds P. H. Raven, N. S. Sodhi and L. Gibson), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118679838.ch18
Missouri Botanical Garden
National University of Singapore
- Published Online: 12 JUL 2013
- Published Print: 16 SEP 2013
Print ISBN: 9780470658635
Online ISBN: 9781118679838
- Asian elephant;
- freshwater crabs;
- freshwater fish;
- Sri Lanka
With dozens of species already declared extinct and hundreds more threatened with imminent extinction, Sri Lanka's biodiversity is in trouble. This chapter presents a brief review of the conservation status of plants, amphibians, freshwater fish, freshwater crabs, and the Asian elephant in Sri Lanka. Biodiversity conservation in Sri Lanka falls within the remits of the Departments of Wildlife Conservation and Forests, which together manage some 30% of the country's land area. The official response to this crisis has been to introduce a draconian regulatory regime that distances the people from their country's biodiversity, seeking to (a) prevent exploitation and (b) assert sovereign ownership of this resource as envisaged by the Convention on Biological Diversity.