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Focus on biodiversity for sustainable development

A Correspondent

5-day Indian Biodiversity Congress from December 27


Meet to assess biodiversity profile of country

1,500 delegates to take part


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The first Indian Biodiversity Congress (IBC 2010), to be held on the University of Kerala's Kariavattom campus here for five days from December 27 will focus on the importance of mainstreaming biodiversity in all development policies for sustainable development, food security, poverty alleviation.

‘Biodiversity and development: mainstreaming biodiversity into policy-making' is the focal theme of IBC 2010, which will be the largest roundtable of biodiversity experts and stakeholders across the nation. The Congress will hold a special session on ‘Biodiversity conservation in Western Ghats – status, challenges and opportunities.'

“With its share of rare biodiversity hotspots, Kerala deserves to host the IBC for the first time,” IBC working chairman M.K. Prasad told a press conference here on Tuesday.

Prof. Prasad said IBC aims at forwarding developmental paradigms and policies for conservation and sustainable utilisation of biodiversity and strategies and action plans to mainstream biodiversity into policy-making, besides taking stock of the current biodiversity profile of the country.

‘Biodiversity conservation versus development;' ‘Biodiversity education for sustainable development;' ‘Innovations in biodiversity and conservation;' ‘Application of genetics and genomics in conservation and sustainable management of our planet's bio-resources' are some of the topics that will come up for critical analysis and discussion.

The Indian Biodiversity Expo, organised in connection with the event for the public, will showcase the rich biodiversity and present a kaleidoscopic spectacle of the variety of life in the country.

The presentations are arranged in 10 parallel sessions and leading biodiversity experts in the country will take part. A cross-section of people working in biodiversity and related fields in the country, include leading scientists and researchers, NGOs, bureaucrats, policy-makers, community members and conservationists will be among the 1,500 delegates.

As many as 500 students from across the State will get an opportunity to interact with world-renowned scientists and biodiversity specialists. As many as 200 select students will present papers.

UN had selected the Kerala-based Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) as the partner organisation to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity 2010 in the country. CISSA, supported by the National Biodiversity Authority, the Kerala State Biodiversity Board, the University of Kerala and Navdanya, a New Delhi-based NGO, is hosting the Congress.

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