Shimla,19.02.18-H.P. State Biodiversity Board (HPSBB) on 19th February, 2018 organized a one day state level workshop on National Biodiversity Action Plan (NBAP), National Biodiversity Targets (NBT) and Sixth National Report to Convention on Biological Diversity” at Hotel Holiday Home, Shimla. 

The main aim of this workshop was to create awareness and sensitization of concerned stakeholders and how it would help in familiarizing stakeholders about the reporting requirements and enable collection of information for the sixth CBD report. On this occasion the representatives of various line departments such as Agriculture, Ayurveda, Forests, Health, Education, Industry, Tourism, Planning, Horticulture, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, etc., local communities as well as representatives from relevant sectors, civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) took part and participated in preparation of the 6th national report on CBD. The information on new or recently completed actions or efforts as well as updates on ongoing actions or efforts was updated; incorporating recent changes on the status and trends of biodiversity in the State.

The workshop was carried out under supervision of Sh. Kunal Satyarthi, Member secretary, HP State Biodiversity Board.  Smt. Manisha Nanda, Addl. Chief Secretary, Environment Science & Technology, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh, was the Chief Guest, Sh. P.L. Gautam former Chairman, National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai, was the Guest of Honor and Shri Ishwar Poojar, Project Manager, UNEP GEF MoEFCC ABS Project, National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai was the Special Guest for the event. Scientists and officials from HP State Biodiversity Board were also present in the workshop.

Sh. Kunal Satyarthi, Member Secretary, HP State Biodiversity Board mentioned that Article 6 of Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) enjoins upon all Parties/Goverments/Concrned Agencies to prepare national strategies, plans or programmes for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and to integrate conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity into relevant sectoral and cross-sectoral plans, programmes and policies. He mentioned that in pursuance to CBD, India enacted the Biological Diversity Act in 2002. Section 36 of the Act empowers the Central Government to develop national strategies, plans or programmes for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and to integrate biodiversity concerns into relevant sectors and as a pursuant to ratification of CBD, following an extensive consultative process with various stakeholders a State level action plan Strategy on Biodiversity is to be developed for which this workshop plays an important role.

Madam Manisha Nanda, Addl. Chief Secretary, Environment Science & Technology, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh in her talk briefed about the role and importance of Biodiversity, its sustainable use and conservation efforts related to Biodiversity. She emphasized on interrelated fabric of biodiversity how everything is related and what ill-effects the loss of biodiversity would have for mankind. She mentioned about the activities of Himachal Pradesh State Biodiversity Board (HPSBB) and how the Board is proactively working towards implementing BD Act and how the idea of biodiversity conservation is deep rooted in the Board’s mandate but in order to achieve these specific targets cooperation from the line departments is must. She also mentioned that National Biodiversity Action Plan (NBAP) draws from the principle in the National Environment Policy that human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development and they are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature. This Action Plan identifies threats and constraints in biodiversity conservation taking into cognizance the existing legislations, implementation mechanisms, strategies, plans and programmes, based on which action points have been designed.  She mentioned that in order to achieve this target more refined inputs and involvement of state level functionaries and line departments towards integrating biodiversity into relevant sectors is critical and mandatory, hence such state level consultative workshops plays a very vital role in creating awareness and sensitization of concerned stakeholders. In addition, such workshops and activities also help in familiarizing stakeholders about the reporting requirements and enable collection of information for the sixth national report under CBD.