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Karnataka Biodiversity Board

The Karnataka Biodiversity Board has started functioning from 1-08-2003 as per provisions of Biological Diversity Act, 2002.

The prime objective of the board is to foster the institutional setup for documentation, sustainable use and development of the rich biodiversity of the state.

The Karnataka State is rich in Biodiversity of plant and animal species and bestowed with great diversity in climate, topography and soil. The major physiographic divisions are coastal plains, hill ranges (Western & Eastern Ghats) and Deccan Plateau. The Karnataka Biodiversity Board has initiated several measures to conserve and protect the rich biodiversity of the state as per the Act.

Functions of the Board

  • Advising the State Government on matters concerning conservation, sustainable use, fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the use of Biological resources and knowledge.
  • Regulation and granting of approvals for commercial utilization of Biological resources in consultation with Biodiversity Management Committees.
  • Co-ordination and Technical assistance to Biodiversity Management Committees.
  • Commissioning and sponsoring of studies, investigations and research related to Biological Resources.
  • Identification and promotion of Heritage sites of Biodiversity importance.
  • Devising methods for validation and certification of the information collected through Bio surveys.