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Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2005-05-10 14:14 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)
Date of last update
2020-02-22 16:36 UTC (sec@mahaweli.gov.lk)
Date of publication
2020-02-22 16:36 UTC (sec@mahaweli.gov.lk)

General Information
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lanka
Title of document
Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance, No. 2 of 1937
Legislative details
Type of document
  • National Law
Subject areas
  • Handling, transport, packaging and identification
  • Intentional introduction into the environment (AIA)
  • Transboundary movement (import/export)
Types of LMOs addressed
  • Animals
  • Bacteria
  • Fungi
  • Plants
Brief description of the document including objective and scope:
The ordinance enacted to provide protection, conservation, and preservation of fauna and flora of Sri Lanka. The ordinance also makes provision for the prevention of commercial exploitation of fauna and flora.
Document details
Amended by Act no.44 of 1964, Act no.1 of 1970, Act no. 49 of 1993, and Act no.22 of 2009.
Regulatory contact information
Contact person
Department of Wildlife Conservation
811A, Jayanthipura
Battaramulla, Western
Sri Lanka
Phone:+94 11 2 888 585
Fax:+94 11 2 883 3555
Additional Information
Additional Information
Section 37 of the Act states that no person shall import in Sri Lanka any mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, or invertebrate whether dead or alive, or any part of any such mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish or invertebrate except under the authority of a permit issued in the prescribed form obtained from the prescribed officer on payment of the prescribed fee.
Section 42 of the Act states that        No person shall in any area-
(a) remove, uproot or destroy, or cause any damage or injury which is for the time being included in Schedule V and -   
(i) is growing on the property of any other person; or
(ii) growing in any public place; or
(b) destroy any plant which is for the time being included in Schedule V and is his own property ; or
(c) sell or expose for sale any plant for the time being included in Schedule V; or
(d) remove, uproot or destroy, or cause any damage or injury to any tree upon which any orchid or any other epiphyte plant is growing.