Strengthening Institutional Structures to Implement the Biological Diversity Act
What is the project about
To enable effective implementation of the national biodiversity policy framework in India, the project, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, aims to strengthen institutional capacities at national and state levels, and initiate behavioral changes to manage natural resources in an integrated, participatory and sustainable manner.
What Have We Accomplished So Far
- Five-hundred-and-fifteen Biodiversity Management Committees have been set up in Madhya Pradesh and 11 in Jharkhand
- Thirty-nine People’s Biodiversity Registers have been prepared in Madhya Pradesh and seven in Jharkhand
- Strengthened linkages between community-based biodiversity management committee in Malajkhand in Madhya Pradesh and natural remedies company in Bangalore to cooperate in accessing and benefiting from medicinal plants provided by the BMC
- Generation of additional income through setting up of outlets that sell herbal medicines collected by the BMCs
- Strong linkages developed between growers of organic vegetables and companies in Madhya Pradesh
- Forty BMC members have been trained on medicinal plants cultivation in Madhya Pradesh
Funding Support by
United Nations Development Programme
Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Year
Story of Change
The Biodiversity Challenge - Supporting India’s Ecosystems
Recognising India’s rich biodiversity, the United Nations Development Programme is supporting several initiatives to conserve the country’s rich and diverse ecosystems and demonstrate strategies to reduce poverty.
UNDP India Blog
Biodiversity – A Time to Act | Srinivasan Iyer
The country has contributed to and is party to key multilateral agreements on environmental issues, including the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Pursuant to the CBD, following a widespread consultative process, and programs related to biodiversity, Biological Diversity Act, 2002 has been enacted. India is one of the few countries to have enacted such a legislation. This Act primarily aims at giving effect for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and facilitate access to biological resources and associated traditional knowledge so as to ensure fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of their commercialization. UNDP contributed to the formulation of the BD Act.