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DBT conducting series of workshops on guidelines for access to biological resources

DBT is conducting a series of ‘Awareness Workshop on Guidelines for Access to Biological Resources under the Biological Diversity Act, 2002’ with participation of Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) and Centre for Biodiversity Policy and Law (CEBPOL) National Biodiversity Authority.

The workshops aim to provide a platform for interaction and clarification of issues regarding access and benefit sharing of biological resources amongst different stakeholders including scientists from academia, research institutions, industries and IP professionals.

The first workshop in the series was organized in Delhi on June 13, 2016 at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

The workshop was inaugurated in the presence of Professor R.B. Singh, Padma Bhushan, Chancellor, CAU, Imphal, Dr K VijayRaghavan, Secretary Department of Biotechnology, Dr. Vibha Ahuja, Chief General Manager, Dr. Renu Swarup, Senior Advisor, DBT, & Managing Director BIRAC, Dr. (Ms) B. Meenakumari, Chairperson, National Biodiversity Authority, Amita Prasad, Additional Secretary Ministry of Environment & Forests addressed the workshop.

While Professor Singh emphasized the need for science to ensure sustainable use of resources, Professor VijayRaghavan pointed out the necessity of geographical conservation for special areas, like the Himalayas, Eastern & Western Ghats and creation of’ lungs of biodiversity’ in the urban areas. “Just as understanding of biodiversity is important, members of committees need to take decisions to streamline access to biological resources. In the meeting the importance of creating conducive environment for people to follow rules was also discussed.

Schedule of Awareness Workshops on Guidelines for Access to Biological Resources

Department of Biotechnology is conducting a series of ‘Awareness Workshop on Guidelines for Access to Biological Resources under the Biological Diversity Act, 2002’ which are being organized by Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL), Delhi.

The schedule of the ‘Awareness Workshop on Guidelines for Access to Biological Resources under the Biological Diversity Act, 2002’ is as follows:

Location Date
Delhi 13.06.16
Guwahati 22.06.16
Kolkata 24.06.16
Pune 29.06.16
Bangalore 14.07.16*
Hyderabad 15.07.16