Organization of joint Exhibition of MoEF, NBA and SBBs on behalf of MoEF, NBA during COP-11 to CBD held at Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) from 1st Oct.2012 to 19th Oct. 2012
The Sixth Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties (CoP/ MoP-6) to the Cartagena Protocol on Bio-safety and the Eleventh Conference of the Parties (CoP-11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) were organized by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India from 1st to 19th October, 2012 at HICC-HITEX Complex, Hyderabad. The Conference of the Parties to CBD is the governing body of the Convention and it advances implementation of the Convention through the decisions it takes at its periodic meetings held every two years. The mega event provided a massive opportunity to India to consolidate, scale up and showcase initiatives and strengths on biodiversity protection and conservation. The prestigious event was attended by around 10,000 participants from 193 countries. The High Level Segment of the meeting was inaugurated by Hon`ble Prime Minister of India.
An Interactive Fair on Biodiversity in the form of an International Exhibition was organized concurrently at COP-11. The exhibition provided an excellent opportunity for presentations and interactions among the participants. In total, 90 exhibition stalls representing a diverse array of organizations, including UN bodies, international organizations, various department/ ministries of Government of India and Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, research and academic institutions, National Biodiversity Authority and State Biodiversity Boards, National & International business enterprises and NGOs, were set up to present and show case the various biodiversity conservation activities, initiatives, projects and rich heritage to raise biodiversity related issues and foster cross-organizational exchanges.
Exhibition Stalls of MoEF, NBA and SBBs
A joint exhibition of Ministry of Environment & Forests (MOEF), Govt. of India, National Biodiversity Authority and 26 State Biodiversity Boards (SBBs) was put up at the occasion comprising 29 booths. Punjab Biodiversity Board (PBB) was nominated by Govt. of India for its coordination, especially for layout, designing and preparation of display materials. The exhibition materials were conceptualized, designed and printed by PBB. In all 171 panels/ standees/ posters along with 255 seed samples of various crops were displayed. Publications including books, booklets, pamphlets, fliers, and CDs by MoEF, NBA and all participating SBBs were displayed and made available for distribution in respective sections.
A major highlight of the exhibition was that all stalls were manned by 40 volunteers of National Green Corps “Prakrithi Mitras” from Andhra Pradesh who were trained on various biodiversity issues for 3 months before the commencement of CoP-11.
The exhibition was widely visited by COP-11 delegates, Govt. officers & scientists, school, college and university students, NGOs, research scholars and general public. The exhibition witnessed a huge rush of general public and school students especially on weekends as exhibition was kept open for general public on all 3 weekends of the event. The VVIP delegates included Hon`ble Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh; Ministers from different states, senior officers from the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India and other Central Ministries, Chief Secretary, Andhra Pradesh; Planning Commission members, Heads and representatives of many International organizations including CBD secretariat, Chairmen and Member Secretary of SBBs and several central and state govt. officers from Govt. departments & institutions. All the queries raised by the visitors were appropriately responded to the NGC volunteers, PBB and KSBB team. Total 3345 entries were made in eight visitor books by the visitors.
6th National meeting of MoEF-GOI, National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) & State Biodiversity Boards (SBBs) in Punjab on “Implementing Biodiversity Act, 2002”
Punjab Biodiversity Board (PBB) on behalf of National Biodiversity Authority (NBA), organized ‘All India meeting of NBA, MoEF-GOI and SBBs’ at Chandigarh from 6th to 8th September, 2010.The main objective of this meet was to discuss issues related to implementation of Biological Diversity Act by the States and preparation of India for Conference of Parties-10 (COP) to be held at Nagoya, Japan in October 2010 and COP-11 to be held in India in October 2012.
The meeting was inaugurated by Sh. Jairam Ramesh, Hon’ble Minister for Environment & Forests, Govt. of India and presided over by S. Parkash Singh Badal, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Punjab. The other distinguished guests who attended the meeting were Sh. H. Rohluna, Minister of Environment & Forests, Mizoram; Sh. S.C. Agrawal, Chief Secretary, Govt. of Punjab; Sh. Hem Pande, Joint Secretary, Govt. of India; Dr. P.L. Gautam, Chairman, NBA; Sh. Viswajeet Khanna, Secretary, Science, Technology & Environment, Govt. of Punjab; Sh. C.A. Reddy, Secretary, NBA; Chairmen and Member Secretaries of 21 State Biodiversity Boards, NBA members, experts on biodiversity and officers from regional offices of Ministry of Environment & Forests and line departments of Punjab, Haryana and UT of Chandigarh. During the meet, the Hon’ble Minister for Environment & Forests, GOI released a book and a CD published by Punjab Biodiversity Board.Hon’ble Chief Minister, Punjab released a booklet on Biodiversity Management Committees and Annual Report of Punjab Biodiversity Board.
An exhibition on biological diversity with focus on Agro biodiversity was also organized in which 7 State Biodiversity Boards (Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh & Madhya Pradesh) and various line departments of Punjab such as Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries etc., Punjab Agriculture University, Guru Nanak Dev University and NGOs participated. During the technical sessions talks were delivered by experts on various issues related to biodiversity while all the State Biodiversity Boards presented their activities. The meeting concluded with the recommendation that more emphasis was required to be laid on strengthening the Access and Benefit Sharing mechanism and institutional mechanism for implementation of the Act. Also action for identification and notification of endangered species and identification of Biodiversity Heritage Sites needed to be taken on priority.