As a step in this direction, UNDP India is supporting the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC), and the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) have launched the ‘Biodiversity Samrakshan Internship Programme’, a unique initiative to promote youth participation in conservation.
During the six-month internship, selected candidates between the age of 21-30 years will assist MoEF&CC, NBA, State Biodiversity Boards, Union Territory Biodiversity Councils and UNDP India in the following tasks:
- Operationalization and functioning of Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) in the States and Union Territories
- Help Biodiversity Management Committees in the preparation of Peoples’ Biodiversity Registers
- Coordination towards GoI-NBA-UNDP India Biodiversity Awards
- Implementation of Biological Diversity Act, 2002
The programme was launched by Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change Prakash Javadekar on 22 May 2020 on the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity.
After a six-month application and shortlisting process, 20 candidates have been selected for the 2020-21 batch and will begin their internship.