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National Biodiversity Conference (23rd & 24th February 2017, Govt.Guest House)

The recently concluded COP13 with the theme “Mainstreaming Biodiversity for well being” focused on mainstreaming biodiversity in different sectors as Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries etc. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development had a vision of transforming the world and called for Action determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change. NBC 2017 aims to identify practical evidence based case studies at regional level to support the plan of action and has the focal theme “Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Sustainable Development” with four sub themes.

A galaxy of renowned national/international experts in field of biodiversity conservation has been invited to deliver keynote address and plenary lectures. The focal theme will have invited presentations and panel discussion of experts.

Symposium Streams

1) Decentralised natural resource management:

Biodiversity conservation has witnessed a paradigm shift towards increased resource user participation in natural resource management where local people play an active role. The experiences of Kerala in developing a decentralized institutional mechanism for biodiversity governance Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) is a learning process. The subtheme covers topics – community conservation practices; biocultural protocol, traditional conservation practices and rights, case studies of LSGs/BMCs/JFMC, EDC, NGOs, local institutions, women and civil societies in biodiversity conservation, co-management of forests, environment protection, waste management etc, best practices at local level in biodiversity conservation etc.

2) Landscape approaches for biodiversity conservation:

Papers on “landscape approaches” to reconciling conservation and development and include topics – threats and challenges to conservation, protected area , wild life corridors, ecosystem restoration, modern tools for biodiversity monitoring as GIS, remote sensing; land use planning, conservation with multiple land uses, urban landscape etc are invited.

3) Mainstreaming biodiversity for nutritional security and well being:

Production sectors of the world such as agriculture and fisheries are under increasing pressure not only to provide for the growing population, but also to reduce their global footprint – in view of  climate change. Papers are invited on Status,  trends, survey, conservation of Agricultural diversity, Floral and Faunal diversity, Forest biodiversity, Marine, coastal and inland biodiversity,  Below ground biodiversity, Biodiversity for Adaptation and mitigation of climate change etc.

4) Biodiversity- Sustainable utilization and Benefit sharing:

The “fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources” is one of the three overall objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Papers on the topics –bioresources and traditional knowledge, TK based process/ product development, patenting, technology transfer, protection of Traditional Knowledge , case studies of access to  genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge and cultural expressions; natural products and bioprospecting, Access  and benefit sharing models,   sustainability models in Agriculture, forestry, fisheries sector, documentation, multiplication, sustainable harvesting protocols of medicinal plants, corporate social responsibility, ecotourism are invited.

Important Dates

Submission of abstracts :

27.01.2017


Communication of acceptance of papers :

02.02.2017


Submission of full length paper : 12.02.2017

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