One of the goals of the Sri Lanka Customs department is protection of the society and its heritage.
Protection of the environment is an important activity of this exercise, many International as well as National Agencies are involved. Sri Lanka Customs is bound to enforce various statutes relating to biodiversity at the point of importation and exportation.
Being a tropical island, Sri Lanka is very rich in wild Fauna & Flora, and is considered as one of the richest countries in biodiversity. And also among one of the eight " Hottest Hot Spots of Biodiversity", as per the reports of Mr. Norman Myers etal. As a result, a very high demand has been generated the world over for our species which have attracted big-time animal and plant hunters. High percntage of endemism, rare species, ornamental value, texture and quality of our species also enhanced this over - exploitation. Mean time, the modern technology used in smuggling, Customs has a big challenge in monitoring the illegal dispersal of biodiversity related items.
Having regard to the need of achieving this goal a Biodiversity Protection Unit has been established. According to the information, this probably the world's first Customs Biodiversity Protection Unit.
Enforce the law to protect the Biodiversity
Biodiversity Protection and ensure due revenue of Sri Lanka by enforcement of relevant laws while facilitating the trade at Customs points