Confusion over civic body’s biodiversity panel

Confusion prevails over the setting up of PMC’s biodiversity management committee as the municipal secretary’s office and the civic environment department have come out with different views after interpreting the notification of state biodiversity management board.

Written by Ajay Khape | Published: May 21, 2013 1:28 am

Confusion prevails over the setting up of PMC’s biodiversity management committee as the municipal secretary’s office and the civic environment department have come out with different views after interpreting the notification of state biodiversity management board.

While the municipal secretary’s office — entrusted with the responsibility of appointing committee members — says that seven corporators are required on the committee,the environment department is of the view that corporators can only recommend seven experts on the committee.

As per the directives of state biodiversity management board,PMC has been asked to soon set up a biodiversity management committee for conservation,sustainable use and documentation of biological diversity in the civic jurisdiction.

The Biological Diversity Act,2002,has come into force and it stipulates setting up of biodiversity management committee with experts from every civic body. The committee would be responsible for registering and documentation of biodiversity with focus on conservation. The biodiversity would include details of local animal breeds and plant species.

“The state biodiversity management board has directed to immediately set up a management committee. A proposal would soon be tabled in the general body as seven of the experts in the 14-member committee should be among the elected representatives,” said Sunil Parkhi,municipal secretary. The committee would also have legislators from the city as special invitees on the committee.

However,the PMC environment department has a different view on the constitution of the committee. “The committee will not have any elected representatives as its members. The elected representatives can only recommend experts on the committee. The experts should have adequate experience and desired qualification,” said Mangesh Dighe,PMC environment officer.

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