Gujarat Biodiversity Board

Current Activities

Gujarat Biodiversity Board is presently concentrating on the following activities:

1) Constitution of Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) :
As per section 41 of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002,the constitution of BMC in each and every local body is mandatory .The Board has started the constitution of BMCs at Gram Panchayat level & so far 329 BMCs have been constituted BMCs in 12districts.

2) Preparation of People’s Biodiversity Registers (PBRs):
As per section 41 of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, after constitution of BMCs, the documentation of total Biodiversity & its related traditional Knowledge to be documented by the BMC in the form of People’s Biodiversity Register in their area of jurisdiction. The Board has initiated this working in more than 50 village Panchayats in different districts.

3) Organization of Awareness Camps :
To create awareness about the importance of Biodiversity, the provisions of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, the Biological Diversity Rules, 2004 and Gujarat Biological Diversity Rules, 2010, the process of constitution of BMCs, preparation of PBRs, rights & authority of the BMCs etc, a series of camps, workshops, meetings, discussions, and rallies are being organised by the Board.

4) Regulation of Biological Resources:
As per section 7, section 24 of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, Rule 16(1) of Gujarat Biological Diversity Rules, 2010, the access & utilization of biological resources for research and commercial purposes by the different stakeholders are regulated by the Board. The necessary guidance is also provided to the stakeholders in this regard.

5) Identification of Rare & Threatened species:
As per section 38 of Biological Diversity Act, 2002, there is an urgent need to identify the species which are on the verge of extinction or likely to become extinct in the near future as threatened species. The Board is working on to identify such plant and animal species for their notification.

6) Identification of Biodiversity Heritage Site(BHS) :
As per section 37 of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, the State Government in consultation with local body may notify the area of Biodiversity importance as Biodiversity Heritage Site for its further conservation & Management. One such site of Mangroves in South Gujarat, Jalalpur taluka of Navasari district has been identified and the process of its notification is under progress.

7) Implementation of UNEP-GEF Project:
National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai has sanctioned UNEP-GEF-MoEF Project on ”Strengthening the Implementation of Biological Diversity Act, & Rules with Focus on its Access & Benefit Sharing Provision” for five States namely Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim & West Bengal. The project has been launched in Gujarat State on 07/02/2011 which will be now implemented in Gujarat State.

8) Participation in CoP-11 meeting:
Government of India, Ministry of Environment & Forests is organizing 11th Conference of Parties (CoP-11) of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) from 01 to 19 October, 2012 at Hyderabad. The Gujarat Biodiversity Board has been also participating and provided the literature, posters and brochures on unique Biodiversity of Gujarat namely Wetlands of Gujarat, the Rann of Gujarat, the Asiatic lion, Mangrove conservation, Whale Shark conservation, Indigenous Cow Breeds of Gujarat, Indigenous Buffalo Breeds of Gujarat, Indigenous Horse & Camel Breeds of Gujarat, Indigenous Gir Kesar Mango & Bhalia Wheat of Gujarat.

9) Radio Programme:
To reach out at the grass root level across the state, Radio programs "JavikVividhata Nu Jatan" of 20 minutes slot, twice a week on Monday and Thursday at 19:20 hrs at 846 KHZ were started during 2013-14 from Akashwani, Ahmedabad . Up to March 2016, total 214 episodes have been broadcasted covering the topics like, introduction to biodiversity; Biodiversity Act & Rules; Biodiversity Management Committees & People's Biodiversity Register; Celebration of International Biological Diversity Day; Conservation of House Sparrow etc.