Pesticides do not decipher caste, gender or nationality. They will kill anybody irrespective of his or her origins.



Is it possible for community video and radio to play this role?



Strategy Workshop on Biological Diversity Act & Rules
Thursday, 9 September 2004

As you are probably aware the Ministry of Environment and Forests notified the Biological Diversity Rules in April 2004 as part of the implementation process of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002. This law essentially provides for a system to regulate access, use and benefit-sharing vis-à-vis biological resources. Following this as envisaged in the Act, a National Biodiversity Authority has already been set up in Chennai & the process of setting up of State Biodiversity Boards is already underway in many state governments. What is even more critical is the setting up of the Biodiversity Management Committees at the local level, which were meant to operationalise decentralised decision-making on bioresources. However, the Rules in severely undermining the role of these local committees make a mockery of the principle of community sovereignty. This among other things is the perceived problem with the implementing Rules. The issues involved have serious implications on people's rights to not only their resources but also the knowledge base of these resources.

Therefore, there is an urgent need to fully comprehend the impact of this new legal regime - the Act read with its Rules. Following which strategic discussions would necessarily precede any individual & collective action. With this objective Deccan Development Society, Kalpavriksh & GRAIN organising a day-long National level Strategy Workshop on Biological Diversity Act & Rules on Thursday, 9 September 2004 at ASRC, Osmania University Campus, Hyderabad.

Our main discussions will be on the status of implementation of the Act via the Rules, including the setting up of State Biodiversity Boards & BMCs in states; and share any local perspectives and/or actions for/against the Act & Rules at the meeting.