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People’s Biodiversity Registers (PBR)

India’s Biological Diversity Act, 2002 which was promulgated to meet the objectives of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) mandates creation of Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) at the level of all local bodies. The main responsibility of a BMC is to prepare a People’s Biodiversity Register PBR which documents the availability of biological resources and associated knowledge. However, even after 14 years of promulgation of the Act, PBRs are left to be prepared at the level of more than 93% BMC. This brief looks at the status of preparation of PBRs in India.