Local self govt bodies get charge to prepare biodiversity register 

By Lijo T George

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Kozhikode: The task to prepare and edit the biodiversity register has been handed over to the local self government bodies in the state. Any changes to the register have to be introduced as per the guidelines of the Biodiversity Board.

The board expects to incorporate more details in the register and improve the pace of data collection with local support. The decision to accord the authority of preparing the biodiversity register to the self government bodies was part of the 14th Five Year Plan of the Kerala government. The last biodiversity register was prepared in Kerala in 2012.

Register preparing procedures

Three committees will be set up in each local self government body to prepare a biodiversity register. A supervisory committee with administrative committee members, an expert committee to coordinate operations and a committee of volunteers to collect data will be formed. Coordinators of the state biodiversity board will oversee the activities of the self government bodies in each district.

The state biodiversity board will give training for those who were selected from the self government bodies to the committees. The local bodies will have to meet the expenses.

Amendments in the register

The biodiversity register will be revised considering the environmental, habitat and geographic changes that have happened in the recent years. The shifts occurred due to recurring floods since 2018, climate change and natural calamities will also be taken into account.

The agricultural and other diversities of particular regions, ecosystem peculiarities and regional insights will be added in the register.

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