ABOUT INDIA BIODIVERSITY AWARDS
India Biodiversity Awards is a unique initiative of the Government of India in partnership with UNDP, which identifies and recognises good practices of a range of stakeholders towards conservation of biodiversity, sustainable use and governance at the grassroots level. The main objective of the awards is to incentivise effective implementation of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002. The awards were first presented at the high- level segment of the Eleventh Conference of the Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity, held in Hyderabad, India.
Since then, four rounds have been successfully conducted and over 600 good practices on biodiversity conservation have been gathered. The first three awards held during the years 2012, 2014 and 2016, were facilitated by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) in association with UNDP. The Awards were institutionalised with the National Biodiversity Authority in 2017. UNDP India continues to serve as the knowledge partner for the awards.
The Awards are presented by the dignitaries on 22nd May, the International Day for Biological Diversity in India. The Awards have proven to be an efficient mechanism to capture good and sustainable practices initiated by local communities, local-level organisations, academic and research institutions, scientists, private institutions and industries.
The applications received undergo a robust screening process based on certain parameters. This process is carried out by the eminent jury, before the selection of the winners, runners up and special mentions. Consequently, out of the 600 applications received, over a period of 6 years, 47 good practices have been selected and recognized for their contribution to safeguarding biodiversity