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WARM WELCOME: S. Kannaiyan , chairman, National Biodiversity Authority, being welcomed by V.A. Parthasarathy, Director, IISR, at a workshop in Kozhikode on Saturday.
WARM WELCOME: S. Kannaiyan , chairman, National Biodiversity Authority, being welcomed by V.A. Parthasarathy, Director, IISR, at a workshop in Kozhikode on Saturday.

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Expert says Kerala Biodiversity Board a model for other States

Kozhikode: S. Kannaiyan, chairman, National Biodiversity Authority (NBA), inaugurated a one-day workshop on biodiversity and bioresources conservation awareness organised by the NBA at the Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR) here on Saturday.

Awareness creation

Dr. Kannaiyan said the main idea of organising such workshops was to create awareness among all sections of society on the need to conserve the rich biowealth of our country.

The NBA had been able to establish Biodiversity Boards in many States.

The Kerala Biodiversity Board was a very good model for the other State boards, Dr. Kannaiyan said.

In his presidential address, A.K. Ghosh, director, Centre of Environmental Development, Kolkata, emphasised the need for conservation of biowealth. India had 8.5 per cent of the global biowealth in 2.5 per cent of the global area.

However, the country was slow in enacting a law on the conservation of biowealth.

Unauthorised transportation of biowealth, including soil, was prohibited following the implementation of the Biological Diversity Act of 2002.

The public should be aware of the Act, Dr. Ghosh said.

V.A. Parthasarathy, director, IISR, and K. Venkataraman, secretary, NBA, spoke at the inaugural session.

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