The first Indian Biodiversity Congress saw children from all across the State paying tribute to Mother Nature with their varied exhibits.

Putting up informative stalls and interesting exhibits and models, schools from across the State made their presence felt at the biodiversity expo organised in connection with the first Indian Biodiversity Congress (IBC) 2010 held here recently.

Green showcase

The IBC and biodiversity expo were jointly organised by the Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA), Kerala State Biodiversity Board, University of Kerala and Navadanya, New Delhi, to mark the end of the International Year of Biodiversity.

Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kozhikode, showcased an effective waste disposal model at their stall which was decked with photographs highlighting the brilliance of biodiversity in Kerala ranging from flora and fauna of Silent Valley to the mangroves in Kannur. Documentaries made by students and a puppet show about the exploitation of biodiversity were other attractions of their stall.

Holy Angels Convent Girls' HS, Thiruvananthapruam, displayed photos of extinct hornbills, butterflies and animals. These included pictures of the Malabar Grey hornbill, Great Pied Hornbill, Common Grey Hornbill, Paris Peacock butterfly, Southern Bird Wing and more.

The school also showcased different varieties of medicinal plants grown in the school herbal garden.

Jawahar Navadanya, Kannur, had on display photographs of various types of butterflies and grass hoppers.

Government Model HSS also had on display pictures of plants and animals facing the danger of extinction such as the Slender Loris, fishing cat, Golden Languor, Cheetah and so on.

Holy Angles ISC School, Thiruvananthapuram, presented the model of Farm Scrapers, which is an innovative cultivation model that describes vertical cultivation of land that could reduce pollution and automatically provide a suitable climate for farming.

St. Thomas Central School, Thiruvananthapuram, meanwhile, exhibited samples of bio pesticides, bio seeds and a collection of rare plants.

A statement released by IBC 2010 said that as many as 15 academic institutions participated in the Biodiversity Expo.

Keywords: biodiversity