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People's Biodiversity Register - PBR

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Section 22 (6) of the Biological Diversity Rules, 2004 states that -

The main function of the BMC is to prepare People’s Biodiversity Register in consultation with the local people. The Register shall contain comprehensive information on availability and knowledge of local biological resources, their medicinal or any other use.

The National Biodiversity Authority has in its Guidelines for the Preparation of People's Biodiversity Registers (1.40 Mb) has called for the formation of Technical Support Groups comprising of experts from subject areas under the ambit of biodiversity, to provide technical inputs to the BMCs and are responsible for the validation of the prepared PBR. The Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board also assigns local NGOs to act as ground level facilitators to the BMCs in this exercise.

The Guidelines for the preparation of PBRs issued by the National Biodiversity Authority provides 31 formats or categories under which data has to be recorded. The preparation of a People’s Biodiversity Register is a participatory process. It involves a detailed consultation with all stakeholders involved, particularly the local people, who need to share their common as well as specialized knowledge. The following is a step-by-step process for the preparation of PBRs:-

  1. Formation of Biodiversity Management Committee at the Gram Panchayat Level.
  2. Organizing a meeting to sensitize people about the objectives and benefits of the exercise.
  3. Training of members in identification and collection of data on biological resources and traditional knowledge pertaining to health.
  4. Collection of data. (Data collections include review of literature on the natural resources of the districts, Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRAs) at the village level, household interviews, individual interviews with village leaders and knowledgeable individuals, household heads, key actors of the Panchayat Raj institutions and NGOs and direct field observations.
  5. Analysis and validation of data in consultation with the technical support group and BMCs.
  6. Preparation of People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR).
  7. Computerization of information and resources.

List of PBRs to be Prepared (1.97MB) View (2.57MB) View