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National biodiversity grid to be established- 05-07-2012

The ball has been set rolling for establishing a national biodiversity grid to have a comprehensive database on biodiversity right up to the grassroots level which in turn will help policy makers “prioritise conservation action” through sustainable use of these precious resources.
“Despite several hundred institutions functioning in their own domain and having exhaustive information, there is no baseline data of our biodiversity wealth. So we thought of establishing a biodiversity grid,” said Dr Balakrishna Pisupati, Chairman of the National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai. He was in town yesterday for the formal launch of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) project with the support of the United National Environment Programme (UNEP).
Dr Pisupati said the process for data sharing and networking among 1,500 universities and some premiere institutes had been initiated and 150 of these had already been contacted. “Despite reputed institutes like the National Remote Sensing Centre at Hyderabad and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and many others having exhaustive data, a problem is faced due the absence of any networking,” he said.
He said the Global Environment Facility project, which would be implemented in five states - Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal and Sikkim - would focus on assessing and quantifying the economic value of biological diversity present at the local, state and national level. “We cannot expect communities, getting affected by our endeavour to conserve biodiversity, to join hands with us till we make adequate provisions to compensate and reward them,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Secretary S Roy said Himachal was in the process of formulating an environment master plan. “We have laid down sectoral guidelines for each and every area like power, forest, tourism and industry so that we can protect and conserve the fragile eco-system of the Himalayas,” he said.
Roy stressed the need for benefit sharing of bio-resources for the betterment of the stakeholders. “In Himachal, we have taken several initiatives in view of global warming, de-glaciation and deforestation,” he said.
Other components of the project include capacity building for strengthening and implementation of the provisions of the Biological Diversity Act, increasing public awareness and education programmes.