The Indian Biodiversity Congress, a get-together of scientists, conservationists, environmentalists, civil society groups and local communities which began here in 2010, is expanding its footprint across the country.

The second edition of the congress will be held in Bangalore from December 9 to 12.

The first conference, held under the joint auspices of the Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA), Navdanya (New Delhi), the University of Kerala and the Kerala State Biodiversity Board, attracted national attention with the participation of 750 delegates from 25 States in seminars, workshops and exhibitions.

Its recommendations were appreciated by various government and non-governmental agencies, says A. Bijukumar, Head, Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala, who is the organising secretary of the 2012 congress.

The venue of the second congress, based on the focal theme “Biodiversity heritage of the Western Ghats — challenges and strategies for conservation and sustainable management,” will be J.N. Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. CISSA; the Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc; the Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions, Bangalore; and Navdanya are the organisers.

The programmes will include a national seminar involving delegates and leading experts from India and abroad, an exhibition showcasing the rich biodiversity heritage and culture of the country, capacity-building workshops, a photography exhibition, a civil society meet, a documentary film festival and the Children’s Biodiversity Conclave.

Dr. Bijukumar says the conference assumes relevance in the light of the declaration of the Western Ghats as a natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the report of the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel and the ongoing 11{+t}{+h}Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad.

He says it will emphasise India’s commitment to play a global leadership role in biodiversity conservation.

The national seminar will focus on sub-themes such as biodiversity documentation and taxonomy; agro-biodiversity and food security; societal implications of research and development in biodiversity; biotechnology; and bioinformatics and biodiversity conservation.

  • To be held in Bangalore from December 9 to 12

  • To include a variety of programmes