INDIA Biodiversity Awards

India is one of 17 mega-biodiverse countries in the world. With only 2.4 percent of the earth’s land area, it accounts for 7-8 percent of the world’s recorded species. Home to 96,000 species of animals, 47,000 species of plants and nearly half the world’s aquatic plants, India’s management of its natural resources is crucial to protecting global biodiversity.

In 2012, the Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change and the National Biodiversity Authority of India, in partnership with UNDP India, initiated the India Biodiversity Awards to recognize and honour outstanding models of biodiversity conservation, sustainable use and governance at the grassroots level.

The fourth edition of the India Biodiversity Awards held on 22 May on the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity recognizes the work of local communities committed towards biodiversity conservation in the areas of:

1. Conservation of Wild and Domesticated Species
2. Sustainable Use of Biological Resources
3. Replicable Mechanisms for Access and Benefit Sharing
4. Best Biodiversity Management Committees