School of Law, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) in collaboration with  Centre for Environmental Law Education Research and Advocacy, (CEERA), National Law School of India University, Bengaluru are organising TWO DAY NATIONAL WORKSHOP on “Access and Benefit Sharing and Conservation of Biological Diversity from SEPTEMBER 28 – 29, 2018.

Concept Note

India is one among the ‘mega diversity’ countries of the world. Biodiversity in India is under constant threat due to various reasons such as habitat loss and degradation, over exploitation of resources, pollution and climate change. There is a need to protect, conserve and ensure sustainable use of these resources.

The Indian Parliament legislated the Biological Diversity Act in 2002, which formulated a comprehensive legal framework for conservation and access benefit sharing of biological resources. Apart from the Act, we also have the Biological Diversity, 2004 (Rules), the Green Tribunal Act, 2010 and the Access and Benefit Sharing Guidelines, 2014 (Guidelines) that are in consonance with the Convention on Biological Diversity.

It also protects and conserves the knowledge of the local community on traditional biological resource.

The proposed workshop would be useful for not only to the legal practitioners and researchers but also to agricultural institutes, biological institutes, etc., who would have interest in the area of biological resources and ABS. The core objective of the workshop would be to develop basic understanding of the Biological Diversity regime in India and the procedures to be followed by institutions, individuals and stake holders in the area of biodiversity and access benefit sharing.

The workshop would effectively cover the role of the National Biodiversity Authority, State Biodiversity Board, the relevance and importance of Biodiversity Act, steps to be followed by applicants pre ABS application, when to take permission from the board, what are the steps to be undertaken post approval etc. In furtherance to these objectives the workshop aims at developing action research proposal by participants in the core areas of Access and Benefit Sharing and Biodiversity.

The workshop would focus on the subject of Access Benefit Sharing and Biodiversity in India. Some illustrative areas are indicated below:

  • Conservation Issues and Challenges to Biological Diversity in India
  • Research in Biological Diversity and The Law
  • Importance of Regulating Biological Diversity and Access Benefit Sharing
  • Legal Regime governing Biodiversity and Access Benefit Sharing in India
  • Bio-Privacy Challenges
  • Role of State in Conservation and Management of Biological Diversity
  • Procedures to be followed by applicants While filing Access and Benefit Sharing for Bio-Resources
  • Growth of Biotechnology Industry and Biological Diversity Conversation
  • Monitoring Mechanism and its importance
  • Intellectual Property Rights and Biological Diversity

Two Best Paper Presentation would be awarded. 

Important Dates

Proposal Submission: September 5, 2018
Communication for Acceptance of Proposal: September 8, 2018
Last Date for Registration: September 10, 2018
Date of Conference: September 28 – 29, 2018

Registration Fee and Accommodation

Rs. 2,000/- Students, Academicians and Professionals
Rs. 1,000/- (Extra) For all availing accommodation

*Co-authorship is permitted to a maximum of two authors. However, both authors need to register separately. In case of co-authorship at least one author must attend the conference to present the paper. No Proxy presentations are allowed.

Participants will be provided accommodation with breakfast and dinner if availing. Registration fee covers the following: Admission to all academic sessions, Workshop material, Tea/Coffee and lunch during the designated breaks for the duration of the workshop. Registration fees may be paid by DD drawn in favour of Christ University.

Online Registration can be done at  this link.

Contact

 

Student Conveners

  • Mitraneshaa, mitraneshaa.b@law.christuniversity.in, +91 90476 45619
  • Niranjan E V, niranjan.e@law.christuniversity.in, +91 80500 10476

Faculty Conveners

  • Mr Adinarayana Jarripothula, adinarayana.j@christuniversity.in
  • Ms Sincy Wilson, sincy.wilson@christuniversity.in
  • Ms Pavithra R, pavithra.r@christuniversity.in
  • Ms Vidya Ann Jacob, vidya.jacob@christuniversity.in
For more details, please refer to the brochure given here.

 

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