Thursday, January 27, 2005

Recording India's biodiversity

The Times reports on India's struggle to document its bio-diversity. The main reason for this is that there isnt an agreement among all the concerned parties on how this is to be done. According to the director of the National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), a characterization "up to the molecular, chemical level" is necessary to protect all species. Many believe this may not possible for all species given the time and resources at disposal.

The disagreement is leading to the loss of possible synergies between the NBRI and also all the other bodies working on a similar task, from Pachayats to NGO's to Govts.