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People’s Biodiversity Register

People’s Biodiversity Register:

The National Campaign for Updation and Verification of People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR) was launched in Goa, by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

  • It is aimed to document and preserve India’s rich biological diversity.
  • The People’s Biodiversity Register serves as a comprehensive record of locally available Bio-resources including the landscape and demography of a particular area or village.
  • It is prepared by Biodiversity Management Committees (under Biodiversity Act 2002) in consultation with local communities.
  • Biodiversity Management Committees are local bodies created under the Biological Diversity Act 2002, with the mandate to ensure the conservation, sustainable utilization and equitable sharing of benefits from biodiversity.
  • The act has made it mandatory for every local self-governing institution in rural and urban areas to constitute Biodiversity Management Committees within their area of jurisdiction.
  • BMC must prepare a PBR in consultation with local people.
  • Kolkata was the first major metropolitan city in India to make a detailed People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR).