Goa to Celebrate International Day of Biodiversity 2023 with Launch of Nationwide PBR Program and Inspiring Talks by Rahibai Popere

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The PBR, a document mandated by the Biological Diversity Act of 2002, serves as a comprehensive record of the floral and faunal biodiversity at the village and regional levels. By updating and verifying these registers, the government aims to ensure accurate documentation and better protection of India’s rich biodiversity.

Preceding this significant event, on May 22, Rahibai Popere, a revered Padma Shri awardee and acclaimed as the Seed Mother of India, will deliver a thought-provoking talk. She will interact with Goans, inspiring them to embrace indigenous seed planting practices in the state. The events on both days, May 22 and 23, will be hosted at the Neura village panchayat.

Additionally, Goa will actively participate in the G20 mega beach cleaning event taking place on May 21. Organized by the Department of Environment in association with the Goa State Biodiversity Board (GSBB), this event will witness the enthusiastic participation of the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, and various industries. Calangute and Colva village panchayats have been chosen as the designated cleaning sites. However, this beach cleaning drive stands apart from the rest as experts will be present to identify sea weed species, adding a scientific dimension to the initiative.

During the beach cleaning event, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a “selfie point from waste” activity and photography competitions. These activities align with the global theme for the International Day of Biodiversity: “From agreement to action – building back biodiversity.”

On May 23, the main event, graced by the presence of Union Environment Minister, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, and State Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral, will also witness the declaration of the Goa State Biodiversity Conservation Awards. These awards will recognize the exceptional efforts of the Village Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) and individuals who have made significant contributions to biodiversity conservation.

The forthcoming celebrations in Goa reflect a proactive approach towards biodiversity conservation, showcasing the state’s commitment to protecting its natural heritage. By launching the nationwide PBR program and promoting indigenous seed planting practices, Goa sets a shining example for the rest of the country in safeguarding biodiversity for future generations.

In a remarkable endeavor to promote biodiversity conservation, Goa is gearing up to celebrate the International Day of Biodiversity 2023 with a series of engaging events. The highlight of the celebration will be the presence of Union Minister for Environment, Bhupender Yadav, and Union Minister of State for Environment, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, who will be in Goa on May 23. They will observe the International Day of Biodiversity and launch a nationwide program for the verification and updation of the People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR).

The PBR, a document mandated by the Biological Diversity Act of 2002, serves as a comprehensive record of the floral and faunal biodiversity at the village and regional levels. By updating and verifying these registers, the government aims to ensure accurate documentation and better protection of India’s rich biodiversity.

Preceding this significant event, on May 22, Rahibai Popere, a revered Padma Shri awardee and acclaimed as the Seed Mother of India, will deliver a thought-provoking talk. She will interact with Goans, inspiring them to embrace indigenous seed planting practices in the state. The events on both days, May 22 and 23, will be hosted at the Neura village panchayat.

Additionally, Goa will actively participate in the G20 mega beach cleaning event taking place on May 21. Organized by the Department of Environment in association with the Goa State Biodiversity Board (GSBB), this event will witness the enthusiastic participation of the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, and various industries. Calangute and Colva village panchayats have been chosen as the designated cleaning sites. However, this beach cleaning drive stands apart from the rest as experts will be present to identify sea weed species, adding a scientific dimension to the initiative.

During the beach cleaning event, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a “selfie point from waste” activity and photography competitions. These activities align with the global theme for the International Day of Biodiversity: “From agreement to action – building back biodiversity.”

On May 23, the main event, graced by the presence of Union Environment Minister, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, and State Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral, will also witness the declaration of the Goa State Biodiversity Conservation Awards. These awards will recognize the exceptional efforts of the Village Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) and individuals who have made significant contributions to biodiversity conservation.

The forthcoming celebrations in Goa reflect a proactive approach towards biodiversity conservation, showcasing the state’s commitment to protecting its natural heritage. By launching the nationwide PBR program and promoting indigenous seed planting practices, Goa sets a shining example for the rest of the country in safeguarding biodiversity for future generations.

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