About the Biodiversity Collaborative
The Biodiversity Collaborative is a growing network of institutions and individuals whose shared vision is to promote biodiversity science in India and its application in conservation and sustainable development with a focus on enhancing human well-being. Members of the Collaborative have been working together since July 2018 and are currently implementing a preparatory phase project of the National Mission on Biodiversity and Human Well-Being (NMBHWB), supported by the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India will be hosting the Mission with the National Biodiversity Authority as the nodal institution for managing it.
The NMBHWB is a unique 10-year programme under the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology, Innovation, Advisory Council (PM-STIAC) which aims to build capacity across all sections of Indian society and establish a credible and comprehensive biodiversity information-base for embedding biodiversity as a key consideration in all developmental programs – particularly in sectors of agriculture, ecosystem services, health, bio-economy, and climate change mitigation. The overarching objective will be to restore and enhance biodiversity and strengthen its sustainable use in India.
The CitSci India 2020 is a first of its kind conference on citizen science for biodiversity in India. This conference is one of the many outreach programmes planned and conducted by the Biodiversity Collaborative as part of the preparatory phase project of the NMBHWB. The outcome of this conference will influence how the forthcoming NMBHWB will engage with citizen science.
Steering Committee of the CitSci India 2020 Conference
Conference Coordinator – Akshata Pradhan