UNEP-GEF Project on Biodiversity launched in Himachal Pradesh, India.
Himachal Pradesh State Biodiversity Board and India’s National Biodiversity Authority recently launched a core UNEP-GEF project on biodiversity for strengthening implementation of the Biological Diversity Act and Rules with a focus on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS). Himachal Pradesh is one of five states chosen to implement India’s Biodiversity Act (2002) & Rules (2004), both of which were enacted by the Ministry of Environment and Forest.
This undertaking emphasizes the need for conservation, sustainable utilization and sharing of benefits accruing out of the use of biological resources and traditional knowledge based on biological resources in India at agro-climatic and ecosystem levels. The project will also aid in development of tools, methodologies, guidelines and frameworks for implementing access and benefit provisions on equity and gender basis. These efforts will also help to increase public awareness and to educate people, to build the capacity of the stakeholders of the biodiversity at a grassroots level for strengthening implementation of the Act.
India is one of the pioneering countries to initiate a Biological Diversity Act since the adoption of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.
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