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  Official Celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity 2016

The International Day for Biological Diversity 2016 is celebrated all over the country by different provincial States and various organisations on 22 May 2016.

The national level celebrations of the Day are held in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The event is organised by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India, through the National Biodiversity Authority with support from Maharastra State Biodiversity Board, in partnership with United Nations Development Programme and others.

The Honourable Governor of Maharashtra is the Chief Guest and Mr Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change presides over the function. The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative also attend the event.

The main activities during the event include a talk by Prof. R. Sukumar, a well-known biodiversity expert; presentation of the third round of UNDP supported India Biodiversity Awards 2016, and release of a publication on winners of these Awards, as well as some other communication material relating to linkage of SDGs with National Biodiversity Targets.

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Andhra Pradesh

  Celebration in Trupati, 22 May 2016, Mahati Auditorium
Minister for Environmentand Forests, Science and Technology Bojjala Gopalakrishna reddy renewed his call to empower all the stakeholders associated with the protection and preservation of biodiversity. Read more>


  International Day for Biological Diversity 2016 in Assam, 22 May 2016, Nameri National Park & Tiger Reserve, Tezpur
IDB 2016 was organized by the Assam State Biodiversity Board, under the theme: “Mainstreaming Biodiversity, sustaining people and their livelihoods”.

  Learning event at Nilachal Hill of Guwahati

Eco-concept a Non-Governmental Organization based out of Guwahati, conducted a two days learning event at Nilachal Hill of Guwahati. The Nilachal hill is a nerve centre of biodiversity that shelters wide range of species including the Indian leopard. In order to celebrate IDB 2016, forty students from four different schools in Guwahati came together for an experiential learning.

The idea was to introduce the students to a seat of biodiversity within the city where bounty of nature can be relished and also help them create mindset for conservation. The students will now be able to relate to the concepts of climate change and its impacts of flora and fauna. Learning such as this will surely open a new world within the young minds and motivate them to take action to preserve good practices and initiate new sustainable ideas”. Read more about celebrations by ICIMOD >


  Celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity in the State of Chhattisgarh

The State Forest Research and Training Institute (SFRTI) will be celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May at the Institute in Raipur at 3 p.m. This event will be commensurated to schools nearby and will be covered through local newspapers.


  Haritham, 22 May 2016, Adoor Town

Time and place: 10.00 am to 11.00 am, Elamannoor

The Junior Chamber International Adoor Town Chapter planted native varieties of fruit plants and distributed saplings of the same to the public. Also, JCI circulated a the softcopy of FAO Youth Guide to Biodiversity (I Edition) through email to students of their locality.


  IKI Projects Celebrate IDB
Volunteers met for a clean-up event at Velas beach in the federal state Maharashtra. The beach is nesting ground of the Olive Ridley Turtle that lays its eggs in the sand. In addition, the project organized a nature trek with presentations about bird watching and snakes.


Celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity in Manipur, 22 May 2016
10:30 am (IST), City Convention, Imphal

The Forest Department of the Government of Manipur, in association with People for Animals Manipur, is organizing a full day of celebrations on 22 May.

  • Walk : "Unity for Biodiversity"
  • Dance: "Rhythm of livelihood: Sustaining"
  • Commendation of the specials

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  Celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity in Manipur, 22 May 2016

The Earth’s biological resources are vital to humanity’s economic and social development. As a result, there is a growing recognition that biological diversity is a global asset of tremendous value to the present and future generations. At the same time, the threat to species and ecosystems has never been as great as it is of today. Read more >


  Awareness Drive, Distribution and Plantation of Fruit Bearing Tree Saplings, 22 May 2016, Sundargarh

Time: 08:00am - 10:30

Dulanga Coal Mining Project of NTPC Limited, A Maharatna PSU under the Government of India celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity with great enthusiasm and zeal. On this occasion, an awareness rally was organized in the morning along with the State Forest Department, Government of Odisha and the students of Sundargarh Public School, Sundargarh. The awareness rally was followed by a short plantation program in the school premises and an address to the students about the importance of the day and the need to maintain biodiversity. A short quiz was also conducted on the occasion and prizes were given away to the winners. The Divisional Forest Officer, Sundargarh Forest Division graced the occasion along with our General Manager and Head of Project, Sh. Naresh Anand.

The second phase of the celebration was at an Old Age Home in Rabandihi village, Sundargarh, Odisha. A massive plantation drive of fruit bearing trees was carried out in the premises of the old age home by all the employees of the project along with their families. When fully grown, these trees would be a source of minor income (livelihood) for the inmates of the Old Age home and would also be useful for their consumption. The inmates were made aware about the meaning of biodiversity and the need for its conservation.

South Andaman

Awareness Programme on Biodiversity, WimberlyGunj

The Department of Science & Technology, A&N Islands, has adopted the theme "Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods" in rural areas. On this auspicious occasion, the department has decided to arrange a programme at villages and rural areas, in which they have been directly involved in nature and biodiversity.


  Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Desert Ecosystem Resilience and Livelihoods Sustenance, Jodhpur, 23 May 2016
ICAR-CAZRI being a Centre of Excellence in the Research and Development of Indian Arid Zones celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity 2016 on 23 May with:
  • A popular lecture on “Desert Biodiversity in Sustainable Livelihoods”
  • “Know your Biodiversity” an identification walk for the graduate and postgraduate students

The primary objective of the event is to sensitize people on biodiversity and its importance and to what extent we can mainstream these vital natural resources for long term resilience of desert ecosystem. Read more >

  Arid Forest Research Institute (AFRI), Jodhpur, celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) on 22 May 2016.

Two lectures were delivered: one on IDB and its context to Rajasthan biodiversity by Dr. N.K.Bohra and another on the Sivana district of Rajasthan biodiversity by Dr. G.Singh

A film on biodiversity by Dr. Tarun Kant and a documentary on hot spot of world biodiversity by Meeta Singn Tomar.

Guest Chief Conservator of Forests, of the Rajasthan Forest Department, Shri V.S. Bohra expressed the need to conserve biodiversity by conserving natural resources. AFRI Director N.K.Vasu Ifs told that change is a natural phenomenon, but man-made change creates a lot of hazard to biodiversity and we should work for its control. Chief guest GPD Vyas and CAZRI Principal Scientist also expressed the need to conserve Oran, Gaucher and other areas for future generations, otherwise the condition will be very dangerous. Dr. Id Arya expressed a vote of thanks, while the programme was coordinated by Bhawna Sharma.


  Celebrations at UGI, Punjab
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Tamil Nadu

  PSGR Krishnammal Nursery and Primary School, Peelamedu, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
PSGR Krishnammal Nursery and Primary School celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity 2016.


  Biodiversity, People, Livelihoods, Online
Babul Films Society is launching 10 Facebook pages dedicated to spread awareness about Biodiversity. Babul Films Society strongly believes that this will take us closer to achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 1. This event is organized in association with Telangana State Biodiversity Board. Read more >


  Conserve Biodiversity, Save Villages!, Uttarakhand, 22-23 May 2016
10.00am to 1.00pm, Salt Almora

Shramyog, a volunteer organization and community based institutions (Creative women forum and creative children Forum Salt Almora, Uttarakhand, India) are going to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity 2016 on 22 and 23 May.

The main activities for the event are:
  • Message dissemination walk on biodiversity conservation by women groups
  • Poster competition by schools students

The primary objective of the event is to sensitize people on biodiversity and its importance.

Shramyog has been working in the area for community based biodiversity conservation for last five years.

Uttar Pradesh

  International Day for Biological Diversity 2016 Celebration, 9:00am to 4:30pm, Hotel Taj, Lucknow

U.P. State Biodiversity Board, Lucknow in collaboration with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB2016) on 22 May.

On this occasion, a conference was organized on the theme "Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods” and the sub theme of the conference was “Connect Initiative between Bio Resource Growers and Industries”.

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