DEHRADUN, August 31
International Agro-Biodiversity Congress will be held in Dehradun next year. In the core committee meeting held in the Vasant Vihar office of Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board it was decided that the congress will be held in Dehradun on 4th to 6th October, 2018. The Congress will be Co-organised by Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education (ICFRE), Dehradun
Wild Life Institute of India, Dehradun Uttarakhand Council for Science and Technology (UCoST), Dehradun, Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board, Dehradun, Navdanya Dehradun and Centre for Innovation in Science & Social Action (CISSA), Trivandrum.
Biodiversity today is understood as Forest plants and Wild life, but it is more than that it encompasses every living entity of the universe. So every living entity is as important as other and needs to be protected. “Biodiversity conservation is an important issue to protect our agro ecology. We need to do much more then conservation for sustainability for our bio diverse civilisation”.
Agenda for the day was to decide on date, venue, theme and technical sessions for the conference. “Biodiversity for Ecological Civilization” was finalised as the major theme of the Congress. It was decided to organize the inaugural, plenary and valedictory sessions at the ICFRE campus, whereas side events will be organised in the premises of the respective organizations like UCoST, WII and Navdanya.
It was also informed that the first day of the congress will be dedicated to Himalaya, covering forest, agro biodiversity, wildlife, sustainable tourism and hydrology and climate change. Second day will be dedicated to India covering issues like Coastal and marine Biodiversity, Women and Biodiversity, Medicinal and Aromatic Plant diversity, tribals and Biodiversity etc., whereas day third will cover the global issues like IPR, Bio-piracy, Nutrition sensitive Agriculture, biodiversity for Holistic health, migration and ethnic conflicts etc.
Dr. Rakesh Shah Chairman Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Managing Trustee and founder of Navdanya. Dr. Rajendra Dobhal DG UCoST, Dr. V.P. Uniyal Wild Life Institute of India, Dr. G.G. Gangadharan, Dr. A. Biju Kumar and Dr. Suresh Kumar from CISSA Kerala, Sri S.S. Rasaily, Member Secretary Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board, Dr. V. Jeeva from ICFRE, and Dr. Vinod Bhatt Executive Director of Navdanya were present in the meeting.