Himachal Pradesh State Biodiversity Board (HPSBB) organized a one day Training workshop on various issues and activities relating to implementation of Biological Diversity Act, 2002 on 9th February,2017 at Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI) Auditorium, Bamloe, Shimla in which all the Panchayat Pradhans of seven blocks i.e. Basantpur, Chauhhra, Chopal, Jubbal-Kotkhai, Mashobra, Theog and Rohru of Shimla district and officers/officials from stakeholders/line departments mainly Forest, Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries, Education, Animal Husbandry, Ayurveda etc. participated.
Virbhadra Singh, Hon'ble Chief Minster, Himachal Pradesh was the Chief Guest in the closing session of the workshop. He also inaugurated the new building(Vigyan Bhawan) constructed for Council for Science, Technology & Environment, H.P. at Bamloe. The three important wings of H.P. State Biodiversity Board, State Center for Climate Change and H.P. Patent Information Center of the State Council would function from the new building. After inauguration of the new building, Hon'ble C.M. launched the new Website of the H.P. State Biodiversity Board and also released a book on People Biodiversity Register in Hindi. He stressed upon an urgent need for implementation of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 in the State for conservation, sustainable use and sharing the benefits accruing out of the use of biological resources and traditional knowledge based on local bio-resources at the local body level as per the provisions enshrined in the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 & Rules, 2004 for prosperity and posterity of the state. Sh. V.C.Pharka, Chief Secretary, Govt. of H.P. presided over the inaugural session in the forenoon and addressed the participants and urged the Panchayat Pradhans to initiate early steps for constitution of Biodiversity Management Committees.(BMCs) at all local bodies level for effective conservation of Biological Diversity.
The one day training workshop was organized for increasing the understanding and awareness about the importance, role and issues concerning biodiversity. Information about conservation and sustainable use of bio-resources in the State was disseminated. The theme for training workshop was "Mainstreaming Biodiversity: Sustaining People and their Livelihoods'.During the training workshop, the Panchayat Pradhans of Seven Blocks and field staff of five Forest Divisions of District Shimla were sensitized about importance of biodiversity and provisions of Biodiversity Act, 2002 and Rules, 2004, process of constitution of Biodiversity Management Committees (BMC) at local level, role of Biodiversity Management Committees, Preparation of People's Biodiversity Registers (PBR) and Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) of the biological resources of district Shimla. The training workshop also witnessed skit on biodiversity performed by the Eco-club of Govt. Girls Sr. Secondary School, Arki, District Solan
Welcome address was delivered by Sh. Kunal Satyarthi, Joint Member Secretary whereas Ms. Archana Sharama, Director (Environment Science & Technology) briefed about the Relevance and Introduction to the Workshop. Keynote address was delivered by Sh. Tarun Kapoor, Principal Secretary (Environment, Science & Technology), Govt. of H.P. Special addresses were given by Sh. Alok Nagar (Chief Conservator of Forest)) Shimla and Sh. Rohan Chand Thakur (Deputy Commissioner, Shimla). During technical sessions, detailed presentation were given by Director (Env. S&T), Joint Member Secretary, SCST&E, Sh. K.Kaisth, Dr. Pankaj and Dr. M.L.Thakur.
It is mandated by the Biological Diversity Act that monetary profits made by the industries and companies using biological resources of the State is to be shared with the panchayat level BMC. Local Biodiversity Funds of BMC are to be utilised for conservation of biodiversity in Panchayat area and for sustainable livelihoods generation.