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India Biodiversity Awards 2020


India Biodiversity Awards 2020India Biodiversity Awards 2020


The India Biodiversity Awards is a joint initiative by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, National Biodiversity Authority and the United Nations Development Programme. It is an innovative mechanism to identify and recognize the efforts of individuals, communities and institution working towards biodiversity conservation, sustainable use of biological resources, access and benefit sharing and biodiversity governance. The winners of India Biodiversity Awards 2020 will be given a Memento, a Certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakhs each for individuals and Rs. 5 lakhs each for institutions at the India Biodiversity Awards ceremony to be held on 22 May, 2020.


The first India Biodiversity Awards were jointly announced by the MoEFCC and UNDP in 2012 at the high level segment of the Eleventh meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Following its success, the second, the third and fourth India Biodiversity Awards were held in 2014, 2016 and 2018 respectively in partnership with the National Biodiversity Authority. Over 600 good cases of biodiversity conservation, sustainable use, access and benefit sharing and biodiversity governance were documented through the award process. The awards were institutionalized by the National Biodiversity Authority in 2017. UNDP continues to serve as Knowledge Partner.


The fifth round of India Biodiversity Awards was launched by the Hon’ble Vice President of India on May 22, 2019 on the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity. The nomination forms have been uploaded on the website of National Biodiversity Authority ( Applications are being solicited under 4 categories:

i.     Conservation

       a. Conservation of wild species

       b. Conservation of domesticated species
ii.    Sustainable Use of Biological Resources
iii.   Replicable Mechanisms for Access and Benefit Sharing
iv.    Best Biodiversity Management Committees


The last date for submission of applications has now been extended to 15 November 2019.


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