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  project name ~ Campaign for Bio-Diversity and Environmental Justice

category ~ Environment




  Project Name


Campaign for Bio-Diversity and Environmental Justice









New Delhi




  Budget Approved


Rs 285000


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Somu Kumar


College Park









The loss of biological diversity is a growing area of concern and is of immediate relevance to the vast majority of India’s population. This population in particular tribal and other traditional communities – farmers, fisherfolk, pastoralists and hunter- gatherers – are heavily dependent on biodiversity and biological resources for their survival and livelihood. India’s biodiversity is severely threatened; wildlife populations, traditional cultures, geological cycles, and a range of other attributes are being destroyed. There are a variety of reasons for this, including inappropriate processes of development, over exploitation of biological resources for trade, digitisation and commercialisation of traditional knowledge, alienation of communities from their natural resource surrounds, and so on.





Over the last five years she has worked as a Member of the Technical and Policy Group which drafted the Final Technical Report of India’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. She writes regularly in the mainstream newspapers and magazines as well as websites. She has contributed to three publications related to environment and forest clearance of development projects. She is an integral part of campaigns such as the CEJ-I and Campaign on Biodiversity, for which she has organised national level rallies. Some of Kanchi''s articles: 1.http://www.blonnet.com/2007/10/10/stories/2007101050390800.htm 2.http://www.indiatogether.org/2004/jul/env-bdrules.htm 3.http://www.indiatogether.org/2007/jun/env-biofinepr.htm 4.http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2008/01/05/stories/2008010550110800.htm 5. http://www.downtoearth.org.in/full6.asp?foldername=20071215&filename=news&sec_id=4&sid=8 6. http://www.indiatogether.org/2008/jul/env-div2tech.htm 7. http://www.business-standard.com/india/storypage.php?autono=314141





• Proactive tracking the developments related to the Biodiversity and related legislations and disseminating it through an web-based list serve (Biodwatch) and through tapping into existing meetings and meetings and consultations. This will be done through keeping an eye on the developments around the law, analysing the implications and moving towards its wider dissemination. • Coordinating joint responses and alerts on biodiversity legislation related issues. This includes memorandums to relevant authorities, expert committees and most essentially the Ministry of Environment and Forests. • Tapping into the meetings and networks working on biodiversity and agrobiodiversity related issues including those related to GMOs related action. This is both to build a collective voice as well as collective action. Further also to to disseminate the material that has already been generated and to initiate discussions on the issues highlighted.



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