Awards achieved by BPU
Activities of Biodiversity Protection Unit has causes to draw some Awards to Sri Lanka Customs:
Due to the activities of Biodiversity Protection Task Force of Customs, in 1996 the Customs
Department has been elected and awarded by the “Soba Sineru” (SOTV). “National Environmental
Award of Sri Lanka” given by “Sri Lanka Environmental Journalists Forum” (SLEJF) in recognition of
outstanding practical achievements in the protection and improvement of the environment within last
decade(1986 – 1995)
Year 1996- The activities of Biodiversity Protection unit was selected as one of the best Environmental
success stories and this was featured in the book of SLEJF which was written on the above topic under the
title of “customs officers fighting against Gene Piracy”
Due to the performance on the subject matter, some officers of BPU have been awarded as follows:
Year 2005 - Presidential Environmental Award “With the objective of protection the environment
for future generations through the promotion of environment friendly culture” – presented the President’s
Environmental Award – 2004 for Excellent Services Rendered in the outstanding contribution sector.
Year 2004 – Awarded by Customs Inspectors Union for “Outstanding Performance on Controlling of Illegal Wildlife Trade & Antiquities”.
Year 2004 – Awarded by Young Zoologist’s Association of Sri Lanka for “The Contribution towards Conservation of Biodiversity of Sri Lanka”.
Year 2002 – Awarded by “Mihidaru Prasadini”, Environmental award by the Federation of Green Movements (Haritha Eka Muthuwa) for
the commitment to protect the natural resources of Sri Lanka.
Year 2001 – Awarded by the Circle of the Small Scale Entrepreneurs of Ornamental Fish for “The outstanding performance in
Protection of Natural Resources from Illegal Export Trade”.
The performances of BPU & BPTF has been appreciated by various institutions such as:
Green Media Forum - 2005
Thurstan College, Colombo - 2004
Dharmashoka Vidyalaya, Ambalangoda - 2003
Dharmapala College, Pannipitiya - 2002
Sunethra Devi Vidyalaya, Pepiliyana - 2001
North – East Commander of Sri Lanka Navy - 1999