The IDB2015 logo is available in Hindi

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  International Day of Biological Diversity National Celebration, 22 May 2015
A Message from the Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Mr. Prakash Javadekar on the occasion of IDB 2015 may be seen on the Ministry’s website and also on the websites of Ministry’s organisations and Centres of Excellence.

  The India Business and Biodiversity Initiative (IBBI), 22 May 2015
Venue: Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre, Chashma Shahi, Srinagar, Kashmir

The national level celebrations of the International Day of Biological Diversity were held in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir with enthusiastic participation of all stakeholders. Organised by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India, through the National Biodiversity Authority, in partnership with United Nations Development Programme and others, the event had Mr. Bali Bhagat, Minister for Social Welfare, Forest, Ecology and Environment, Jammu & Kashmir as the Chief Guest, and Mr. Mohammad Iqbal Khandey, Chief Secretary, Jammu & Kashmir as the Special Guest.

Others present on the occasion were Mr. Jaco Cilliers, Country Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); and Mr. R. Mukundan, Chairman, India Business and Biodiversity Initiative, and Managing Director, TATA Chemicals Ltd; Mr. Edgar Endrukaitis, GIZ, the Secretary of NBA, Chairman and Member Secretary of Jammu & Kashmir State Biodiversity Board, business representatives, school children, etc.

During the event, the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN)-India was formally launched with the release of a brochure. For this, a logo was also designed for BIOFION-India. Another brochure announcing the India Biodiversity Awards 2016, the third in the series, was released, along with a release of a publication on good models of biodiversity governance emanating from India Biodiversity Awards 2014. Also released at the event was an India Business and Biodiversity Initiative on best practices on biodiversity management by some companies. Two parallel sessions were also organised—one for business, and one for youth/school children.

India Biodiversity Awards 2016
Biodiversity Finance Initiative Brochure
Photos of the Day

  Nature walk with students of Eco-Clubs, 22 May 2015

8:00-13:00 hrs, Asola-Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary, New Delhi

The Indo-German Biodiversity Programme and the Department of Environment & Forests, Govt. of NCT of Delhi planned a half-day event with school and college students at the Asola Wildlife Sanctuary, a verdant green protected area in the southern-most part of Delhi boasts of diverse species of animals, birds, butterflies and natural flora.

More than a hundred students from various schools and colleges participated in the nature walk planned in the park, followed by an interactive session. The students also performed a street play/ nukkad natak and other cultural activities on the theme ‘nature and biodiversity’.

The group discussions and interaction sessions gave the opportunity to students to familiarize themselves with the environment and biodiversity and their linkages with sustainable development. As a part of the event, GIZ also screened films made by the students of Xavier’s Institute of Communication, Mumbai who has been partnering with GIZ on training modules on coastal and marine biodiversity.

On this occasion, a poster and essay writing competition were announced, inviting entries from all schools in Delhi. The event closed with an award ceremony and remarks from the Minister of Environment and Forests, Government of Delhi.

  Uttar Pradesh State Biodiversity Board, 22 May 2015, Lucknow
The Uttar Pradesh State Biodiversity Board is celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity by organizing a 6 day " Biodiversity festival" for school children and a conference on 22 May 2015 in Lucknow.

  Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, 22 May 2015
International Biodiversity through Matchbox Label exhibition and screening of the documentary film The Saga of Life.

  Sree Narayana College for Women, 22 May 2015
Students and teachers at Sree Narayana College for Women celebrated IDB through various activities including: a procession, planting trees on campus and holding an awareness class by Dr. Sajeed, in collaboration with the State Forest Department on the medicinal applications of plants.

The celebration will be inaugurated by I. Siddique, Deputy Conservator of Forests and will be presided by Dr. Sherly P Anand, Principal, S N College for Women.

  Odonates - Guardians of Wetlands
ENVIS Centre on Wetland Ecosystems including Inland Wetlands celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity by releasing a poster entitled Odonates - Guardians of Wetlands.

  Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board
Celebration of IDB 2015 at Dehradun, Nainital, Chamoli, Uttarkashi
The state level programme has been organized at Dehradun (Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) Auditorium, Forest Research Institute (FRI) Campus, Dehradun. Read full programme

  Eco Concept Celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity
Venue : Botanical Garden Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam, India.

Forty students selected from four different schools from Guwahati visited the Botanical Garden of Gauhati University. The students will initially trek the entire garden. After that a set of 20 riddles were given to them for which there were clues within the garden. These riddles were designed in a way that solving the riddle taught the students a lot about the garden. Following the riddle activity, there was a knowledge sharing session in the university.

Video of previous year's celebration

  Gujarat Biodiversity Board
The Gujarat Biodiversity Board celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity by organizing a state-level workshop on May 22, 2015, at Ahmedabad. The participants included Government officials, NGOs, Industries, Researchers, Universities, Banks, Technical Support Groups, Members from BMCs, Students and general public.

The Board is engaged in creating awareness on Biodiversity conservation, sustained utilization and sharing of benefits since its constitution in 2006 by the Government of Gujarat under the provisions of India’s Biological Diversity Act of 2002.

  Govardhan Eco Village Biodiversity Awareness Program
Venue: Galtare, Palghar, Maharashtra, India, 22 May 2015

Bhumi Mata (Mother Earth) has blessed Govardhan Eco Village with some diverse floral and avian life that makes Govardhan Eco Village more sacrosanct. Govardhan Eco Village is committed to sustainable development through sustainable use of ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation and social equity.

GEV celebrated the International Day of Biological Diversity by releasing a small video clip comprising of pictures of the flora and fauna on the website and social media page. It is a humble attempt to showcase the Biodiversity at Govardhan Eco Village, and to inspire people across Planet to stay in harmony with Nature and respect all the Creation of Mother Earth.

GEV also organized a Biodiversity Awareness Program for the on 22nd May, 2015 for all the Guests in Govardhan Eco Village. Video of the flora and fauna of GEV

  Govardhan Ecovillage

  WWF-India, Kerala State Office and Social Forestry Division & Extension Unit, Kollamd
Observation of the International Day for Biological Diversity 2015 on the theme: Biodiversity for Sustainable Development at Lord Krishna Public School, Polachira, Kollam, Kerala, India from 21-22 May 2015

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  Birdang JHS W-Sikkim, 22 May 2015
Eco-Club of Govt. JHS Birdang West-Sikkim, India observed the International Day for Biodiversity at school with a series of activities in the presence students and teachers.

These activities included:

  • Speeches and lectures on the topic of Biodiversity for Sustainable Development
  • Quizzes
  • A trip to Government Horticulture Farm Birdang to learn about local biodiversity
  • A visit to Ginger Processing and Packaging Centre(a Semi-Govt. Industries)

  Poachers will be dealt with severely: Munda
Assam Tribune, 26 May 2015
DIBRUGARH, May 22 – Environment and Forest Minister Etuwa Munda today said all those involved in causing harm to the rich bio-diversity of the State would be dealt with, with an iron hand.

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  Poachers will be dealt with severely: Munda
E-PAO, 26 May 2015
Imphal, May 22 2015 – Additional Chief Secretary Ram Muivah has emphasised the need to work together to conserve biodiversity to ensure the future of the present generation and coming generations.

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  Urban biodiversity: We can all do our bit to save it, 25 May 2015
For all the environmental degradation that Bangalore is made to endure, the city still has considerable biodiversity left to talk about. Here, it is easy to miss the forest for the trees. The biodiversity is there, breathing right under our noses, not exactly teeming as it might have been till even a few decades ago, but it’s there.

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  Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED)

Recognizing the value of biological diversity for sustenance of inhabitants in remote Himalayan areas, and realizing that the developmental agenda of these areas still needs mainstreaming, the G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development (GBPIHED), a dedicated Institute for Research & Development in the Himalaya, took a lead in celebrating this year's International Day for Biological Diversity by way of reaching the school children in remote rural areas.

1. Biodiversity awareness campaign
2. Participatory school conservation model development
3. Organization of Nature camp

  Indo-German Biodiversity Programme celebrates International Day for Biological Diversity Day
The GIZ Indo-German Biodiversity Programme jointly organised events on the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity, with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir with the Department of Environment & Forests in Delhi, and with the Maharashtra Forest Department in Maharashtra.

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