Welcome to AP State Biodiversity Board

The Andhra Pradesh State Biodiversity Board has been established under section 22(1) of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 vide the Andhra Pradesh Gazette No. 290 dated May 20, 2006. The Andhra Pradesh State Biodiversity Board consists of ten members (Chairman; four Ex-Officio Members of State Government and four Expert Members and member secretary). The    Board was reconstituted vide G.O. Rt. No. 417, EFS&T (For II) Department, dated 21.08.2009 to implement Biological Diversity Act-2002 & Biological Diversity Rules-2004 notified by the Government of India.
      The board is a separate and independent corporate statutory body constituted by the Government under the provisions of Biological Diversity Act 2002 (Central Act) to work under Spl. Chief Secretary to Government, EFS&T Department. The board is functioning on ad-hoc basis since then with Chairman and Member Secretary.
          The chairman and the members of the board were appointed by the Government vide G.O.Ms.No.68, EFS&T Department, dt. 11.05.2006 and continued as such as per the orders issued in G.O. Rt. No. 417, EFS&T (For II) Department, dated 21.08.2009.The Member Secretary to A.P Biodiversity is the head of the institution and was appointed first on 24.3.2007.
         A Separate Head of Account and budget from Grants-in-Aid is being made for the Member Secretary, A.P State Bio-Diversity Board, Hyderabad to run the office smoothly

It has been around 55 months that the Andhra Pradesh State Biodiversity Board has been in existence and has many achievements to its credit.
      Since the formation of the Board in May 2006, 16 No. of quarterly Board meetings have been conducted to discuss various matters relating to Biodiversity Conservation, sustainable and benefit sharing mechanism up to Sept.2011.
 Formation of Biodiversity Management Committees in the Local bodies throughout the State is essential to implement the Biodiversity Act 2002. There are all together 23,000 Panchayat / Local bodies in the Andhra Pradesh. They are expected to form Biodiversity Management Committee (BMC) in their local bodies.  As of Sept 2011, 43 BMCs are formed.

As per the Biodiversity Act 2002, NBA and SBB shall consult the BMC before taking any decision relating to use as Biological Resources & Knowledge associated with such resources occuring with in territorial jurisdiction of BMC and to take necessary steps to facilitate setting up of areas of significant biodiversity values as Biodiveristy Heritage Sites. Following recommendation from the Board after consultation with the Central Government, the State Government shall issue notification to this effect. In this regard one case of Veerapuram for declaring Heritage Sites for Migratory Bird has been submitted to the Government of Andhra Pradesh for approval.
Further the office is in receipt of following proposals for declaring as Biological Heritage Sites and request about course of action in this matter.


Sr.no

Name of the place

District

Reason

1

Sompet Bela

Srikakulam

Marshy area

2

Timmamma Marri Manu

Anantapur

Huge banian tree 500 years old

3

Zahirabad Agri biodiversity heritage site,

Medak

Agricultural Biodiversity

After the examination by the expert committee further action will be taken for submission to Government of Andhra Pradesh.  Expert commi ttee is requested to submit the reports as desired in the Act. Following expert committees are constituted by the Board.


Sr no

Name  of proposed heritage site

Expert committee to look in to as per act.

1

Timmamamarimanu Anantapur dist.

1.Ashok Kumar IAS Rtd. as chairman.2).Chief Conservator of Forests, Anantapur, member. 3).Revenue Divisional Officer, Member.

2

Zahirabad Agri Biodiversity heritage site, Medak dist

(1).Dr.K.S.varaprasad chairman.(2).Dr. Anisetty Murthy, member.(3).Dr. Gopal Reddy ANGARU, member.

Following places are identified as potential to be declared as Biological Heritage Sites considering their importance in the respective Districts. As and when proposal papers are presented by the concerned BMCs, action will be initiated about these sites.


Sr.no

Name of the place

District

Reason

1

Konda karla Ava

Vishakhapamum

Migratory birds

2

Telukunchi

Srikaulam

Migratory birds

3

Tatipudi Reservior

Vijayanagaram

Fiss foot birds

4

Katakshapur

Warangal

Migratory birds

5

Chintapalli

Khammam

Migratory birds

6

Choudavaram

West Godavari

Migratory birds

On the initiation and active participation of the Chairman of Biodiversity Board a Biodiversity Park has been established at Acharya N.G. Ranga Agriculture University Rajendra Nagar Hyderabad. Forest Department has planted different species on the occasion of Vanamahostava on 16th July 2000. It is also proposed  to establish Bio diversity parks in the Premises of WIPRO and at  DVA Bhongir. It is also proposed to have Biodiversity Parks in every district Head Quarter.
Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) has sanctioned a National Agricultural Innovative Project (NAIP) title “Harmonizing Biodiversity Conservation and Agricultural Intensification through integration of Plant, Animal and fish genetic recourses for livelihood security in fragile ecosystem” the member Secretary is Co Principal Investigator (CoPI) for the project. The project is sanctioned for 3 mandals of Adilabad District for 15 villages. Under the project 2 Senior Research Fellows are working and an amount of Rs.99.02 Lakhs has been sanctioned for the period for four years. This is to integrate Biodiversity for poverty alleviation project in Adilabad. This project is under implementation with A.P.State Biodiversity Board.
The following are the Innovative interventions
1. BMC Mahanandi has resolved that an accession fee of Rs. 300 Lakhs on multinational seed company for alleged Biopiracy of the bacteria, Bacillus thurengenisis.  The Board proposed to initiative action against the soft drink companies which are preparing “herbal cola” drink based on the traditional knowledge of the hemidesmus sp. in southern Andhra Pradesh. The first Biopiracy case as per the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 was booked against a German National Dr. Marc Clark Baumgartner and his local associate, Mr. Venkat Reddy. The Board proposed prevention of Bio piracy through the capacity building initiative of grass root level staffs of the line departments, empowering the self helps groups and Biodiversity management committees for reporting and preventing Bio piracy, and establishment of Bio piracy squads as striking force to combat Bio piracy. 
2. Peoples Biodiversity Registers for Mahanandi village has been prepared and trademark dispute case with respect to ‘Sona Masuri’ variety of rice has been taken up. Besides these activities, numerous capacity building activities in the form of brain storming session, training workshops and conferences have been organized by the Board to sensitize stakeholders in matters pertaining to biodiversity and its conservation. 
3. A case of access to benefit sharing of biological resources namely leaves of ‘neem’ to a local company exporting ‘neem’ leaves has been initiated. BMC Amarachinta, Mahaboobnagar at Andhra Pradesh has been sensitized to ‘access to benefit sharing’ mechanism. Access and benefit sharing from collection of Neem leaves (Azadiracta indica)  by Amarchinta Biodiversity Management Committee is the first case in India as implemented as per the Biodiversity Act 2002 of implementation of Access Benefit Sharing.
4. Geographical indication Registration initiatives are to be taken up by respective departments in respect of the  items viz., Red Sanders, Krishapuram  Mango, K.P. Onion, Ongole Bull, Godavari Polasa fish, Kurnool Sonamasori Rice and Hyderabad Biryani

 The A.P. State Biodiversity Board is conducting International Day of Biodiversity Day on 22nd May every year since formation of the Board. On 22nd May 2010 international Day of Biodiversity Day was celebrated on befitting manner, dignitaries like person involved in drafting document of Convention on Bio-Diversity (CBD) in the United Nations were invited and honoured.
Hyderabad will be entered in the list of cities where the UN Convention were held. 11th - Conference of Parties (COP 11) under United Nations Convention on Biodiveristy will be held from 1st Oct 2012 to 19th Oct 2012 at Hyderabad