Biodiversity Board facing staff crunch

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 May 2017 12:10:55

By Tara Chettur,

Madhya Pradesh State Biodiversity Board is under the process of revamping by facilitating people’s movement to conserve indigenous seeds and promote traditional agricultural practices. Other than administrative issues they are facing problem with shortage of staff. With very limited resources and handful of passionate people working under the board the state wide initiatives taken is facing tremendous challenge.

Talking over the issue Srinivas Murthy, Member Secretary, Madhya Pradesh State Biodiversity Board, said that we need 6 to 8 professionals from agriculture, irrigation, forest departments to be deployed and work for the board so that effective management can be done. With three or four professionals and interns functioning of biodiversity board cannot be made affective. It’s not naive people, but experienced hand is required who has in-depth knowledge of flora and fauna of the regions in Madhya Pradesh.

The Biological Diversity Act of 2002 says Biodiversity Management Committee (BMCs) are to be constituted to promote conservation, and sustainable use and documentation that include preservation of habitats and chronicling of traditional knowledge. However, at local level BMC is yet to be constituted. Inspite of rich flora and fauna of Madhya Pradesh the biodiversity sector lacks sensitisation and awareness among commoner to relate and contribute to the conservation of biodiversity is very less.

In a bid to facilitate in giving platform for the locals to engage in public discussions a biodiversity learning centre is also in pipeline which will be constituted in Bhopal. The board’s Bio-Resource Access Manager, Dr Bakul Lad says, “we are getting tremendous response to the campaigns started this month to conserve indigenous seeds. Documentation and tabulation of the work, however, also requires manpower so that effective work can be done under stipulated time frame.”