Environment and Ecology Research Vol. 2(8), pp. 285 - 290
DOI: 10.13189/eer.2014.020801
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People's Biodiversity Register [PBR]: A Community Based New Venture in Odisha to Document Natural Resources


Om Prakash Rautaray 1,*, Rudra Narayan Pradhan 2, Prasanna Behera 3, Hemanta Ku. Sahu 4
1 GA Plot no -537, Bharatpur, Bhubaneswar, Pin-751003, Odisha
2 O/o- Regional Chief Conservator of Forests Angul, Odisha, India
3 Nature Environment & Wildlife Society (NEWS) Angul, Odisha, India
4 Department of Zoology, North Orissa University, Baripada -757003, India

ABSTRACT

The Government of India introduced the "Biological Diversity Act 2002", in the year 2002 and the "Biological Diversity Rules" in the year 2004. Accordingly all state governments would have to constitute biodiversity boards and frame their own state specific Biological Diversity Rules. With this enforcement, the Government of Odisha has published the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 in the local vernacular language and constituted the Odisha Biodiversity Board. Apart from this the Odisha Government framed the "Odisha Biological Diversity Rules, 2012". But, there still wasn't any initiative by the State Government to document traditional knowledge & biological resources, though Odisha is rich in biodiversity. In the year 2009-2010, an initiative was taken up by the Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project (OFSDP), an external aided project of Forest & Environment Department and its General Consultants (GC) to document the biological diversity of Satkosia Tiger Reserve and its periphery areas with the participation of local people by use of their traditional wisdom & grassroots level forest officials much before the publication of the Odisha Biological Diversity Rules, 2012. This article articulates the complexities, objectives , modules, pitfalls , benefit sharing and challenges of the experiment as stated above by using People Biodiversity Register to document the biodiversity resources.

KEYWORDS
People Biodiversity Register, Bio Diversity Act, Bio Diversity Rules, Satkosia Tiger Reserve, Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Om Prakash Rautaray , Rudra Narayan Pradhan , Prasanna Behera , Hemanta Ku. Sahu , "People's Biodiversity Register [PBR]: A Community Based New Venture in Odisha to Document Natural Resources," Environment and Ecology Research, Vol. 2, No. 8, pp. 285 - 290, 2014. DOI: 10.13189/eer.2014.020801.

(b). APA Format:
Om Prakash Rautaray , Rudra Narayan Pradhan , Prasanna Behera , Hemanta Ku. Sahu (2014). People's Biodiversity Register [PBR]: A Community Based New Venture in Odisha to Document Natural Resources. Environment and Ecology Research, 2(8), 285 - 290. DOI: 10.13189/eer.2014.020801.