Four-day event to focus on the theme ‘Biodiversity for food security’

The capital city is gearing up to host a major biodiversity event at the end of the year. More than 500 delegates, including academics, researchers, community leaders, policymakers and consultants, from across India and abroad are expected to participate in the National Biodiversity Congress-India 2012 beginning here on December 27 under the auspices of the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) and state biodiversity boards.

On food security

Hectic preparations are under way at the headquarters of the Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) here for the four-day event on the focal theme ‘Biodiversity for food security.’

A special session on ‘World Heritage status for the Western Ghats: challenges and opportunities’ will be organised to highlight the threats faced by the biodiversity of the region and come up with conservation strategies.

KSBB chairman Oommen V. Oommen told The Hindu that the participation of the National Biodiversity Authority and biodiversity boards of other States would make the congress one of the largest biodiversity events in the country.

He said the choice of the focal theme was dictated by the recognition of food security as one of the most serious challenges faced by mankind and the importance of its association with biodiversity.

Prof. Oommen said the 11th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity at Hyderabad would provide an opportunity to enlist national and global support for the congress. Prof. Oommen and member secretary K.P. Laladhas who will represent Kerala at the Hyderabad conference plan to meet some of the leading experts and seek their participation in the congress.

Expo

One of the highlights of the congress is a 10-day expo featuring innovative research, education, technologies, products, and information on biodiversity.

Other programmes include a National Biodiversity Students’ Congress, Children’s Ecological Congress, capacity building workshops, film festival, photography contest, and quiz for students.

The website of the event www.nbc-india.org was released by James Varghese, Principal Secretary, Department of Environment and Climate Change.

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