In view of the need to successfully address Biodiversity Conservation problem in the state, Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur exhorted for the need to spread Biodiversity awareness.

He said this while presiding over the one day training workshop on various issues and activities relating to effective implementation of Biological Diversity Act, 2002 and Rules, 2004 organized by HP State Biodiversity Board (HPSBB) at Kullu on Sunday.

More than 925 participants including representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions of district Kullu and line departments including Forest, Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries, Education, Animal Husbandry, Ayurveda and other stakeholders participated in training workshop.

He said that considering all unique features of state biodiversity, its conservation needs utmost and immediate concern of all stakeholders.

Biological diversity Act serves the purpose and that every stakeholder at every level who are deriving benefits either directly or indirectly from it and line departments should fully aware of the provisions of said Act, he added.

Forest Minister said that the purpose of workshop was to enhance understanding and awareness about importance, role and issues of biodiversity. Information on conservation and sustainable use of bio-resources in the State was also disseminated. Process of constitution of Biodiversity Management Committees at local level, role of Biodiversity Management Committees, Preparation of People’s Biodiversity Registers and Access and Benefit Sharing of biological resources were the key issues in training workshop.

It was apprised that HPSBB has released Rs. 66 lakhs to 126 Biodiversity Management Committees formed at Gram Panchayat level in the district.