India has a young demographic dividend, with almost half of its population under the age of 25. Young people are important actors for efforts in conservation on nature and biodiversity. It is important to ensure their participation in these efforts, and support them in understanding the scientific, economic, social and cultural dimensions of preserving nature and biodiversity.  

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.

Detailed information about the candidates can be found here.

We congratulate all the selected candidates.

Keep watching this space for calls on the next round of internships.

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