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The Board

 

West Bengal Biodiversity Board
(Department of Environment, Government of West Bengal)

 

About The West Bengal Biodiversity Board
The West Bengal Biodiversity Board has been formed on September 16, 2004 under the administrative control of Department of Environment, Government of West Bengal.

 

Composition of the Board

A.
Chairperson:

Dr. A.K.Sanyal
Emeritus Scientist,
Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata

B.

Ex-officio members

a.

Additional Chief Secretary / principal Secretary, Department of Environment, Govt. of West Bengal

 

b.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests,
Wild Life & Biodiversity & Chief Wild Life Warden
Directorate of Forests ,Government of West Bengal or his authorised representative not below the rank of Conservator of Forests

 

c.

Principal Secretary/ Secretary, Dept. of Agriculture, Govt. of West Bengal or his authorised representative not below the rank of Joint Scretary / Director of Agriculture

 

d.
Principal Secretary, Dept. of Panchayat & Rural Development, Govt. of West Bengal or his authorised representative not below the rank of Joint Secretary  

e.

Representative of Darjeeling Gorkha Territorial Administration

 

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C.

Expert Members

a.

Dr. N.D.Paria
Deptt. of Botany, University of Kolkata

 

b.

Dr. Rina Chakrabarti, Retd. Scientist, Zoological Survey of India

 

c.

Director, Zoological Survey of India or his authorised representative not below the rank of Scientist - E

 

d.

Director, Botanical Survey of India or his authorised representative not below the rank of Scientist - E

 

e.

Dr. P.K. Pradhan, Teacher

 

(vide Dept. of Environment's Notification No: EN/ 3109/ T-II-7/003-ii/2003  dated: 29/12/2013
& 1258-EN/T-II-7/003-ii/2003  dated: 28/05/2015)

 

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The following expert members have been co-opted as the permanent invitees of the Board as per the decision of 28th Meeting of the Board :

01.

The Vice Chancellor, West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Science aaa

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The Chairman, West Bengal Pollution Control Board

03.

Dr, S. K. Gupta, Retd. Scientist, Zoological Survey of India

04.

Prof. A.P.Das, Dept. of Botany, North Bengal University

05.

Prof. S. C.Santra, Dept. of Environmental Science, Kalyani University

06.

Prof. Gouram Saha , Dept. of Zoology, University of Calcutta

 

Member Secretary

Sri Sandipan Mukherjee, IFS
Chief Environment Officer,
Department of Environment, Govt. of West Bengal

 

Employees

01.

Dr. Soumyendra Nath Ghosh

Senior Research Officer

02.

Dr. Anirban Roy

Research Officer

03. Dr. Prakash Pradhan
Research Assistant
03. Mr. Soumen Basu
Stenographer

 

Functions of the Board

  • To advise the State Government subject to any guidelines issued by the Central Government, on matters relating to the conservation of biodiversity, sustainable use of its components and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of biological resources.
  • To regulate by granting of approvals or otherwise requests for commercial utilisation or bio-survey and bio-utilisation of any biological resource by Indians.
  • To perform such other functions as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, or as may be prescribed by the State Government.

    The West Bengal Biodiversity Board, is authorized to undertake regulatory actions against undertaking activities detrimental to biodiversity of the State, obtaining of biological resources of the State by Indian nationals without permission, and also applications for intellectual property rights on biodiversity of the State without the approval of the NBA. According to the West Bengal Biodiversity Rules, 2005 the restriction or prohibition on access to biological resources are for

  • any endangered taxa, or taxa that are likely to become threatened due to such access;
  • any endemic and rare species;
  • may likely result in adverse effect on the livelihoods of the local people;
  • may result in adverse environmental impact difficult to control and mitigate;
  • may cause genetic erosion affecting the ecosystem;
  • may cause destruction of any biological resources;
  • may be for use of resources for purposes contrary to national interest and other related international agreements entered into by India.

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