Will be second after Kerala if it manages to have Biodiversity Management Committees in all panchayats and municipalities
PANJIM: Should Goa manage to set up Biodiversity Management Committee (BMC) at all 190 panchayats and twelve municipalities, it could be the second State after Kerala to achieve this milestone.
In the first phase, Goa State Biodiversity Board (GSBB) has called on all 190 panchayats to hold special gram sabhas on October 2, Gandhi Jayanti, to constitute the BMC with focus on conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
Addressing media persons on Friday, GSBB member secretary Pradip Sarmokadm said the Biological Diversity Act 2002 makes it mandatory for every local governing body to constitute a BMC.
“In Goa, of the 190 VPs, 110 have constituted the BMC. But, majority of them were constituted over one to three years ago and hence they now require to be reconstituted,” he said. “We will take up municipalities in the second phase. The City Corporation of Panaji, has already constituted the BMC,” he said.
GSBB has appealed to all the stakeholders of biodiversity and environment across the State, having an inclination towards biodiversity conservation to volunteer and join their respective village BMCs and contribute to the cause of conservation of biodiversity.
“Along with conservation and ensuring sustainable use of biodiversity, the BMC has to draft People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR). BMC has to also ensure eco-restoration of local biodiversity,” Sarmokadam said.
The statutory body should have seven members including the Panchayat Secretary as Secretary of BMC. The six other members should be residents of the panchayat. Representation to two women members is must and a member should be either of Schedule Caste (SC), Schedule Tribe (ST) or Other Backward Class (OBC) community.
Directive on Biodiversity Committees stirs hornet’s nest
MARGAO: The directive to panchayats to reconstitute the Biodiversity Committees at the special gram sabha on October 2 has stirred a hornet’s nest with people questioning the motive for this when the terms of the committees have not yet expired. As per the guidelines of the Goa State Biodiversity Board, the term of Biodiversity Committees is five years. However the Biological Diversity Rules 2004 clearly mentions that the term of the chairperson will be for three years. None of the Biodiversity Committees constituted in the panchayats of Goa have completed three years and yet they are going to be reconstituted.