DDC Ramban discusses modalities for formulation of People’s Biodiversity Register

Ramban: District Development Commissioner (DDC), Nazim Zai Khan today chaired a meeting of the heads and representatives of various departments to discuss the modalities for preparation of People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR) at Panchayat level.
DPO Sunil Buthyal, DFO Ramban Rajan Singh, district and sectoral officers from Horticulture, Agriculture, Sheep, Animal Husbandry and various others attended the meeting.
The People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR) aims at exploration and documentation of the local flora and fauna, besides traditional wisdom related to its use for humans.
Detailed deliberations were held about the prescribed procedure to be followed to ensure the timely completion of the work of preparation of PBR at Panchayat level.
The DDC directed the officers to apply the participatory approach, while filling all the 31 forms pertaining to the respective departments/sectors and submit the details as per the prescribed format to the District Panchayat officer within stipulated time.
The meeting decided to sensitize the PRIs and other stakeholders for utilizing their specialized knowledge for exploring the flora and fauna of the district.
The District Panchayat officer was asked to conduct Panchayat wise meeting of Biodiversity Management Committees (BMC) to seek their cooperation and coordination in formulation of People Biodiversity Register.
The DDC exhorted to rope in the PRI members, village heads, and knowledgeable individuals like vaids/Hakims, household heads and NGOs and conduct village level/individual interviews for exploration of traditional knowledge.

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