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United Nations University ,Tokyo, Japan acknowledged the operation of a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE-Tirupati) on ‘Education for Sustainable Development’ under the Chairmanship of Prof.R.Ramamurthi. The Foundation is being launched at Orion Hall of Hotel Pai Viceroy on Oct 1st 2015 at 7.30 pm.

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           BIODIVERSITY---WORK ELEMENTS              
                The following work elements are developed on the basis of scientific inputs regarding habitat loss, declining forest area, forest fires and human-animal conflicts the details which are presented in page 15

  • Educate communities about preventing land degradation which leads to desertification, habitat loss adversely affecting biodiversity. This is done by a series of interaction meetings with local communities
  • Traditional knowledge and spin off of indigenous knowledge will be promoted and recorded to avoid bio-piracy.
  • People from local communities will be trained to be wardens and custodians of local biodiversity.
  • Communities will be trained to prepare People’s Biodiversity Registers
  • Pictorial Brochures and handouts to  be produced in regional local language for different target groups such as school children, college students, farmers and tribal communities literate or illiterate depicting the importance of mapping, monitoring and conservation of biodiversity and factors affecting the biodiversity.
  • Sample surveys will be done  in selected ecosystems by partners in association with local communities to identify the biological resources of potential commercial value without affecting the base.
  • Promote tree development with 'Each one plant one' approach to develop small ‘avenues’ and  'Groves' in school , college or office premises and places of worship as ‘Sacred Groves’

            http://bushwarriors.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/jerdons-courser.jpg    Young Pelican      Butterflies and birds in ESS
Jerdon’s Courser rediscovered in Lankamala                                Poecilotheria metallica a rare spider in Seshachalam

Bioresource Management

BioResource Management, Inc. (BRM) is a forestry and agriculture-based firm that focuses on biomass resources—organic material used for energy, chemicals, and agricultural products. Its personnel bring together over fifty years of experience in forestry, biomass production, agriculture, and organic materials recycling.

INDIA AND BIODIVERSITY GOVERNANCE  

India’ stake in the matter of biodiversity governance is high. India’s response to objectives of Convention on Biodiversity has been outstanding in terms of actions initiated by the Ministry of Environment and Forests by bringing into existence the Biodiversity Act and National Biodiversity Authority. Nation’s commitment to carrying forward the promises and action plans initiated at COP-10 at Nagoya is reflected in Govt. of India’s decision to host COP-11 at Hyderabad in October 2012.
This is even more significant in the context of multinational efforts being put in place to develop a body similar to IPCC namely Inter Governmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBESS).Launching of  Net work of Indian Universities on CBD(NIUCBD)in 2011 at Tirupati and efforts to promote and sponsor ,curtain raiser events for COP-11 International event “Biodiversity Governance-Role of women and communities” on January 4th 2012 in the 99th session of Indian Science congress at Bhubaneswar,  Odisha and the  International consultation on “ Eco-technology and Sustainability science-Biodiversity conservation and sustainable development” at Tirupati   on Feb29 and March 1st 2012 augur well for Biodiversity Governance in India. These activities are meant to bridge the gap of communication and knowledge between university system and the indigenous communities for capacity building and awareness. The network  NIUCBD will function as network of networks of regional centres in India and act as link between Govt. sector and non Govt. sector to foster relationships with communities for extending Communication, Education, Public Awareness(CEPA) regarding the rights of stake holders and access to benefit sharing. The networks will explore sponsorship and participation of corporate sector for the conduct of camps and interactive workshops in local communities to transmit knowledge relating to Biopiracy, Bioprospecting, Invasive alien species and local biodiversity registers. This is a task which can be achieved through partnerships so that the communities become self reliant and this in turn leads to decentralized protection of bioresources. Launching of SHGs will accelerate this process. The local communities are to be trained for skills in alternate livelihoods such as forest nursery, medicinal plant gardens, vermi composting and home needs from NTFP. Let us move forward joining hands to bring in more partners for sustainable development.

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