National Seminar on Gender and Biodiversity

Bhubaneswar, 29 December, 2010

On the occasion of the International Year of Biodiversity  a two-day National Seminar on Gender and biodiversity was organized by the Directorate of Research on Women in Agriculture, Bhubaneswar in collaboration with UNDP, National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai and Research Association for Gender in Agriculture, Bhubaneswar on 28 – 29 December 2010 to :
Discuss and understand the role of women in biodiversity in different agro-ecosystem and policies and rights relating to biodiversity conservation and management in India

  • Share experiences and best practices in biodiversity conservation and management in gender perspective
  • Sensitize of the stakeholders’ about the importance of biodiversity conservation and management

National Seminar on Gender and BiodiversityNational Seminar on Gender and Biodiversity

Dr Aurobindo Behera, IAS, Principal Secretary, Forest and Environment Department, Government of Orissa and Chairman, Orissa State Biodiversity Board, Bhubaneswar was the Chief Guest on the occasion. In his address he highlighted the important role played by women through ages in conservation of biodiversity and stressed upon developing linkages and collaborations between agencies to address the issues of biodiversity. About 70 delegates including researchers, policy makers, development practitioners, academicians and NGOs from Madhya Pradesh, New Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Meghalaya and Orissa participated in the seminar. Twenty-five invited papers were presented in the seminar and the following recommendations emerged from the discussions:

  • There is an urgent need to document the loss of biodiversity in tribal and rural areas over years and undertake studies on how biodiversity loss has affected the livelihood of the communities
    • Effort should be made to further strengthen the linkages and collaboration between research and development agencies for understanding the issues of biodiversity in changing context
    • mobilize and sensitize people particularly women community for conservation and management
  • A database on passport information on genetic resources provided by women need to be developed to recognize the contribution of women in conserving biodiversity
  • Collaborative research between National Bureaus under ICAR and other research institutions should be undertaken to understand and learn on context specific biodiversity issues, and to provide advocacy on the subject of biodiversity conservation and management   
  • Case studies on community initiatives in biodiversity conservation and their impact on community and environment need to be undertaken
  • Scattered knowledge needs to be capitalized, evaluated and centrally disseminated to avoid confusion and conflict among stakeholders

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