National Biodiversity Authority

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National Biodiversity Authority
Abbreviation NBA
Formation 1 October 2003 [1]
Type Government agency
Purpose Implementation of Biological Diversity Act, 2002
Region served
Hem Pande
Parent organisation
Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India

The National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) is a statutory autonomous body under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India established in 2003 to implement the provisions under the National Biological Diversity Act, 2002, after India signed Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1992.[1]


Headquartered in Chennai, India, it acts as a facilitating, regulating and advisory body to the Government of India "on issues of conservation, sustainable use of biological resources and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the use of biological resources."[2][3] Additionally, it advises State Governments in identifying the areas of biodiversity importance (biodiversity hotspots) as heritage sites.

In 2012, NBA organised the first ever National Biodiversity Congress (NBC), held at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. On this occasion, National Biodiversity Students' Congress was also held [4][5]

Since its establishment, NBA has supported creation of SBBs in 28 States and, facilitated establishment of around 31,574 BMCs.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Biological Diversity Act 2002 and establishment of National Biodiversity Authority ,Chennai". Ministry of Environment and Forests. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "About us". NBA website. 
  3. ^ a b "CHAPTER - IV: Functions and Powers of the National Biodiversity Authority". Ministry of Environment and Forests. 
  4. ^ "Kerala to host India's first National Biodiversity Congress". NDTV. 10 October 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "National Biodiversity Authority to issue guidelines". The Hindu. 2 January 2013. 

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