International Day for Biological Diversity, 2009

May 22, 2009 New Delhi

Dr C D Mayee (Chairman, ASRB) chaired the function of ‘International Day for Biological Diversity, 2009', organized by ICAR, National Biodiversity Authority and Ministry of Environment and Forests, at National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, Pusa Campus. Among other prominent personalities were Chief Guest –Shri B S Parsheera (Special Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India), Dr P L Gautam (Chairman, National Biodiversity Authority, Government of India), Dr S K Sharma (Director, NBPGR) etc.

Dr S K Sharma said that to increase understanding and raise awareness of biodiversity issues, the United National declared 22 nd May as the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). This year the convention on Biological Diversity proclaimed ‘Invasive Alien Species' as the theme of IDB, 2009'.

There were 3 presentations on 'Invasive Alien Species: Plants', 'Invasive Alien Species: Animals included Fishes and their Pests' and 'Invasive Alien Pests and Pathogens of Plants'

A film on ‘Esa kyon hota hai' ?, based on ‘Invasive alien species: a threat to Biodiversity was projected. Dr P L Gautam said that India is one of the mega biodiverse countries of the world and like many other countries, faces threats of Invasive Alien Species: It reported that 40% of Indian flora is alien, of which 25% have become invasive. He added that the task of addressed the theme of IDB, 2009 is enormous and highly challenging and strong national framework along with active public participation would go a lay way in managing the problems posed by the Invasive Alien Species.

Shri B S Parsheera opined that eradication of Invasive Alien Species is one of the priority areas of convention on Biological Diversity. We can achieve this goal by developing unified national system for regulation of introduction and spread of invasive species to neighboring areas and by checking unintended introduction. Some important publications like Souvenir: International Day for Biological Diversity, Rashtriya Jab-Vividhita Karya-Yojana etc. were also released.

Source: English Editorial Unit (DIPA)