28th August, 2017 New Delhi
The 12-point Delhi Declaration on Agrobiodiversity Management was adopted by the participants of the First International Agrobiodiversity Congress (IAC-2016) as a roadmap for conservation and utilization of genetic resources to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs). To chalk out a plan for effective implementation of the Delhi Declaration, a brainstorming meeting on ‘Strategies for Implementation of Delhi Declaration on Agrobiodiversity Management’ in India, was organized on August 28, 2017 in NAAS Conference Room, NASC Complex, New Delhi. The meeting was co-organized by Indian Council of Agricultural Research through its five genetic resources bureaus, Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority, Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources, Bioversity International, Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Science, and Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding.
Dr T Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR) and Dr RS Paroda, Chairman (TAAS) and President (ISPGR) co-chaired the meeting. In the first session, Chairperson of NBA, Directors of five genetic resources bureaus, registrar general of PPV&FRA and regional representative of Bioversity International made detailed presentations on the on-going research and service activities. Presentations elaborated roadmap to meet the recommendations of Delhi Declaration in tandem with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Aichi Targets and National Biodiversity Targets (NBTs), as well as perceived gaps. Experts included Drs AK Srivastava, (Chairman, ASRB), RB Singh (Chancellor, CAU, Imphal), RS Rana (Member, NBA), JS Sandhu (President, ISGPB) and Mr Ajay Vir Jakhar (Chairman, Punjab State Farmers Commission).
Dr RS Paroda in his remarks emphasized the need for action based on coordinated efforts across implementing agencies. He urged participants to undertake the work towards sustainable use of agrobiodiversity on war footing and to ensure its timely implementation.
In his concluding remarks, Dr T Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR) appreciated the efforts in organizing the IAC-2016, bring out Delhi Declaration and its follow up through a brainstorming on implementation strategies. He highlighted that ICAR and constituent institutes and Bureaus have already been working in the direction of fulfilling the spirit of Delhi Declaration. However, he emphasized that it was essential to position the ongoing activities in a framework to identify the strengths and gaps in national system in order to best achieve the agrobiodiversity management in India.