National Biodiversity Congress in Kerala from Dec 27
National Biodiversity Congress (NBC)-2012 will be conducted at Kanakakunnu Palace here from December 27 to 30.
Addressing a press conference here, KSBB member secretary Dr K P Laladhas said the NBC would be inaugurated by Vice- President Hamid Ansari.
The Biodiversity Expo will be inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy on December 21 here, he added.
The first NBC-2012 is being hosted by Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) under the auspices of MoEF and NBA, with the involvement and cooperation of all State Biodiversity Boards, and other organisations involved in conservation and promotion of biodiversity in the country, Mr Laladhas said.
"KSBB and Kerala Govt are proud to host the prestigious biodiversity event in Thiruvananthapuram, as Kerala, the land of unique biodiversity with 19 out of 39 sites listed in Western Ghats heritage list in the ideal venue for such a national event," he said.
The focal theme of NBC-2012 is 'Biodiversity for Food Security'. A special session on 'Western Ghats in World Heritage Status: Challenges and Opportunities' is also planned along with the Congress, to bring into focus the serious threats faced by biodiversity of the Western Ghats and to gear up the conservation initiatives, he said.