National Campaign for Updation of PBR Launched in Goa

May 24: The National Campaign for Updation and Verification of People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR) was launched in Goa today, marking a significant step towards the documentation and preservation of India’s rich biological diversity. The function, organized by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, in association with the Goa State Biodiversity Board, the National Biodiversity Authority, and the Government of Goa, witnessed the presence of esteemed dignitaries. Among the distinguished guests were the Union Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ashwini Kumar Choubey; the Chief Minister of Goa, Dr Pramod Sawant; the Minister for Environment and Climate Change of Goa, Nilesh Cabral;   Chairman of the National Biodiversity Authority, C. Achalender Reddy and other senior Government representatives. 

During the event, Union Minister of State Shri. Ashwini Kumar Choubey emphasized the importance of maintaining the delicate balance present in nature. He remarked, “It is important to maintain the delicate balance present in nature. One must return to it as much as one takes away from it.” Stressing the significance of conserving biodiversity, he stated, “Conserving biodiversity is key to maintaining balance in nature.” He further highlighted the need for people’s participation in achieving success in implementing the provisions of the Biodiversity Act 2002, saying, “It is important to not only spread awareness but also ensure people’s participation to make the idea behind these provisions a success.”

Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey informed the audience that so far 2,67,608 People’s Biodiversity Registers (PBR) have been prepared in the country, by  Biodiversity Management Committees entrusted with the crucial task of documenting natural resources and traditional knowledge associated with them. He also mentioned the progress being made in digitizing the People’s Biodiversity Registers, transforming them into e-PBR.

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