New Delhi, 10 May 2014 [[UNDER CONSTRUCTION]]
A workshop on biodiversity management was organized for CSI member companies in India in New Delhi on 9 & 10 May 2014.
A workshop on biodiversity management was organized for CSI member companies in India in New Delhi on 9 & 10 May 2014. The workshop began with a presentation by Priya Ranjan Sinha, Country Head of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) India. Prior to joining IUCN, Priya was the Director, Wildlife Institute of India, where, he also acted as an advisor to Government of India and State Governments on matters relating to management of natural resources in general and wildlife in particular. Priya 's presentation gave the participants an overview of the wealth of natural capital in terms of biodiversity that India possesses and thereby set the scene for the workshop. He also drew from his experiences of working for government agencies in India in the field of biodiversity management and was able to provide answers to participant queries regarding the availability of comprehensive data sets in the public domain as well as certain regulatory challenges faced by the industry in India in relation to biodiversity management.
Seema Arora, Executive Director of CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development, presented the recently developed programme: "India Business & Biodiversity Initiative (IBBI)" to the participants. The IBBI is part of Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity (GPBB) and intends to serve as a national platform for businesses and its stakeholders for dialogue, sharing and learning, ultimately leading to mainstreaming sustainable management of biological diversity into businesses. This initiative is promoted by the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), Government of India and the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development manages the initiative.
Joe Phelan, WBCSD India Director, spoke about the need to develop an India specific database / resource centre containing comprehensive and easily comprehendible information on biodiversity assets / animal corridors, etc., sourced from government approved data sets. Priya seconded the idea and offered to collaborate with IBBI on such an initiative.
The workshop also included a one and half day training on the WBCSD Business Ecosystems Training Modules 1 & 2, as well as the iBAT tool. The training on BET was conducted by trainers from Leaders for Nature from Netherlands and included best practice case studies, group exercises mapping dependencies, impacts, preparing mitigation strategies and action plans for biodiversity management. Martin Sneary, Programme Director for Integrate Biodiversity Assessment Tool (ibat) for business, gave the participants a live demonstration on use of the tool. UltraTech Cement shared with the participants their experience of using the iBAT tool for their existing sites and upcoming projects.
The participants identified training for plant level mining and environment managers as a key requirement to build the capability of the industry on this vital topic of biodiversity. They also proposed that India specific data sets may be considered for addition to the ibat tool, and promoting the tool to be used by the MoEF. Linkages to the IBBI may be considered for this activity.