Creating awareness on Biodiversity of Odisha through Nature Walk—a chance to reconnect with nature.

In order to create awareness and to enhance basic level of knowledge in biodiversity, the Odisha Biodiversity Board (OBB) organized one day Nature walk programme for the students of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar on 16th December 2015. This was again repeated after one week interval involving the same group of students, to enhance their understanding and reinforce their learning. This programme was designed to educate and create awareness on different aspects of biodiversity and to let the students know how to identify and document the biodiversity in their surroundings that significantly contribute in keeping their environment safe from key environmental problems.

20 students participated in the program and they were trained to know ecosystem diversity, the value of conservation and to know the other interactions among biotic components of the ecosystems. They were also trained in identifying plants (herbs, shrubs, trees, climbers etc.) by showing key identifying characters and were demonstrated how to know the presence of animals by searching special habitats like caves, boulders, tree barks/ bushes etc. through secondary evidences (Scats/Pellets/tracks/nests/ burrows/signs of feeding, etc.). Birds were identified through direct sighting and respective calls of birds.

Students on way to nature trail

Learning to identify the plants and animals

Group photographs after completion of nature trail exercise

Sensitization program on Biological Diversity Act 2002, Rules 2004 for Scientists and academicians on 19.12.2015

The Biological Diversity Act provides for and to deal with the challenges of conservation of biological diversity, sustainable use of its components and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the use of biological resources and associated traditional knowledge. The Biological Diversity Act, 2002 is currently being implemented through National Biodiversity Authority (NBA), State Biodiversity Boards (SBBs) and Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) functioning at National, State and Local levels.

As the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 has certain provisions related to research, so OBB conducted a one day training program for Scientists and Academicians to sensitize them about Biological Diversity Act and Rules. The event was organized at Hotel Suryansh, Bhubaneswar and 40 scientists & academicians participated in the program from state and central institutes and universities located in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. The objective was to sensitize the Scientists and Academicians about provisions of Biological Diversity Act and Rules in general and provisions related to access of Biological resources for research purpose, transfer of research results, collaborative research etc. in particular.

Training was imparted through inputs by three eminent resource persons of India. Dr. R.S. Rana (former director, NBPGR, New Delhi) delivered lectures on Regulating Access to Biological Resources: Indian Experience. Dr. M.K. Ramesh (NLSIU, Bengaluru) gave over view of Biodiversity Law and Dr. Pushpa Kumar Lakshmanan (Associate Professor, Nalanda University, Bihar) gave inputs on Nagoya Protocol, the Biological Diversity Act, and Researchers. There was also a panel discussion on “Implications of provisions of the Biological Diversity Act on Research Activities”. The one day training program was successfully completed.

Inaugural session with Sh. A.K. Mohapatra, IFS, PCCF (KL) Odisha as Chief Guest

Lecture on Nagoya Protocol by Dr. Pushpkumar

Dr. R.S. Rana interacted with all participants during training program

8th meeting of the Odisha Biodiversity Board

The 8th meeting of the Odisha Biodiversity board (OBB) was held on 21.12.2015 under the Chairmanship of the Principal Secretary to Government in Forest and Environment Department and Chairman Odisha Biodiversity Board, in P.K. Parija Conference Hall of Regional Plant Resource Centre. In the meeting decisions were made on applications for Access and Benefit Sharing on Commercial Utilization of Bio-resources, Agreement for Access and Benefit Sharing Arrangements, Strengthening of BMCs and other matters of the Board.

8th Board meeting held on 21.12.15 under the chairmanship of Principal Secretary, F & E Dept, Government of Odisha

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