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Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs)

The Biological Diversity Act, 2002 promulgated by India to achieve the objectives of CBD mandates constitution of BMCs at all local body levels for the purpose of conservation of biodiversity. However, even after 14 years of the Act being in force, BMCs are left to be formed at more than 80% of the local bodies; those formed remain largely on paper given lack of basic funding from the top and inability of BMCs to generate their own finances. With exception to a few active ones; BMCs have largely failed to perform their roles and responsibilities. This brief looks at the Status of BMCs in India.