To find out which medicinal plants are becoming extinct and if climate change is really the only reason Civil Society spoke to DK Ved, director of the Foundation for the Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT), in Bangalore. FRLHT has done pioneering work on medicinal plants and Indian systems of medicine.

KOCHI: The Ministry of Environment and Forests has issued a notification under the Biological Diversity Act (2002) and released a revised list of endangered species in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala.

Latha Jishnu / New Delhi July 08, 2009, 0:42 IST

Asbestos free schools: Paving the way for a complete ban on asbestos and its products, Kerala Human Rights Commission said

Kalpavriksh Environment Action Group in Delhi and international non-profit grain recently came up with a brochure, which highlights redressal mechanisms as well as biases and lacunae in the Biological Diversity Act, 2002. The brochure, Offences, Disputes and Remedies under India

The National Biodiversity Action Plan approved in November 2008 to augment natural resource base and its sustainable utilisation. The Plan draws from the principles of National Environment Policy,incorporates suggestions made by a consultative committee and proposes to design actions based on the assessment of current and future needs of conservation and sustainable utilization.

Kartyk Venkatraman

The arrest and conviction of Czech entomologists Dr Petr Svacha and Emil Kucera for collecting insect specimens without prior Government authorisation from the Darjeeling forest area has virtually pitted the scientific community in India against the lawmakers. Ever since 2002, when the stringent Biological Diversity Act, 2002, was enacted, scientists have been railing against its provisions which, they claim, are stymying research while aiming at conservation.

The Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) Policy for Kerala puts forth the concept of 'knowledge commons' and 'commons licence' for traditional knowledge. The policy says that all traditional knowledge, including traditional medicine, must belong to the domain of "knowledge commons" and not to public domain. The system should be introduced through legal arrangements. While community or family custodians will have rights to knowledge that belonged to them, the rest of the traditional knowledge will belong to Kerala State.

An international collaboration to study insects in the Western Ghats mountains in southern India has been unable to get off the ground because of government concerns over biopiracy.

An act to provide for conservation of biological diversity, sustainable use of its components and fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the use of biological resources, knowledge and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. Whereas India is rich in biological diversity and associated traditional and contemporary knowledge system relating thereto.