Friday, May 18, 2012


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: India Biodiversity Awards

India has a rich heritage of biodiversity that it is committed to protect, as it provides ecological, economic, social, cultural, spiritual, educational, scientific and aesthetic services for millions of people. India also has vast experience in natural resource conservation and there are diverse models of biodiversity management in operation, ranging from officially managed protected areas to community-led conservation. The valuable work done by biodiversity managers at the grassroots has remained unsung, even as the value of biodiversity itself has begun to be widely recognised. It is felt that national recognition of these outstanding biodiversity management efforts will provide an additional impetus to them, as well as spread awareness for improved biodiversity management across the country.

Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India; and the United Nations Development Programme, India, are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the India Biodiversity Awards, which will recognize contributions that embody outstanding governance models of biodiversity management. The Awards will be presented during the 11th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity to be held in October 2012 in Hyderabad.

One nomination in each of the following four categories will be selected for the award:

  1. Community stewardship – Community-led biodiversity management by autonomous community institutions
  2. Decentralised governance – Biodiversity management by local self-governments and local level statutory institutions
  3. Co-management – Biodiversity jointly managed by communities and the Government
  4. Protected Areas – Effective and innovative management practices by management agencies of Protected Areas

Each of the four recipients of the India Biodiversity Awards will receive a cash prize of INR 100,000 and a citation.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: June 10, 2012

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