International Day for Biological Diversity
On International Day for Biological Diversity, we’re focusing on the impact of our project in Sindhudurg coastal district, which is one of the most biodiverse areas in Maharashtra. The project, supported by the Government of Maharashtra and the Global Environment Facility, has been addressing biodiversity challenges while improving livelihoods of coastal communities since 2011 through sustainable fishing, agriculture, horticulture and conservation of mangroves, turtles and coral reef cover. The project has also sought to collaborate with local communities towards generating awareness about biodiversity amidst the threat of unsustainable fishing practices, rising pollution from fishing vessels and maritime traffic.
Story of Change
4,000 School Students Join the Launch of the Clean Beach Programme in Sindhudurg
A ‘Clean Beach’ campaign launched by the Ministry of Environment and Forests; Department of Forests, Government of Maharashtra and UNDP drew thousands of children to the beaches on the Sindhudurg coastline in southern Maharashtra on 12 January 2013.
The Secretary-General Message on the International Day for Biological Diversity
On International Day for Biological Diversity, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls on all Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization.
Projects and Initiatives
- Biodiversity Conservation Through Community-Based Natural Resource Management
- Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve's Coastal Biodiversity
- Mainstreaming Conservation and Sustainable Use of Medicinal Plants Diversity in Three Indian States
- Mainstreaming Coastal and Marine Biodiversity into Production Sectors in Sindhudurg Coast in Maharashtra
- Mainstreaming Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation into Production Sectors in the East Godavari River Estuarine Ecosystem, Andhra Pradesh
- Sustainable Land and Ecosystem Management in Shifting Cultivation Areas of Nagaland for Ecological and Livelihood Security
- Strengthening Institutional Structures to Implement the Biological Diversity Act