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National Biodiversity Authority
(An Autonomous and Statutory Body of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India)

Centre for Biodiversity Policy and Law

National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) has proposed to start a Centre for Biodiversity Policy and Law (CEBPOL) to deal with emerging and current biodiversity governance and policy related issues. The Government of Norway and India decided to collaborate and a letter of intent for technical and institutional cooperation was signed on 19th November, 2010 by between Mr. Erik Solheim, Norwegian Minister of Environment and Development and Mr. Jairam Ramesh in New Delhi. The main objectives of the Centre include:

  1. To provide professional support, advice and expertise to the Government of India and Norway on a sustained basis on matters relating to biodiversity policies and laws at the national level, as well as in international negotiations relating to biodiversity in multilateral forums.
  2. To develop professional expertise in biodiversity related policies and laws, inter alia through encouragement of research, development and training in matters relating to Convention on Biological Diversity, as well as its interface with other multilateral environment agreements and United Nations bodies.
  3. To develop and implement an array of capacity building programmes through multidisciplinary research and customise training programmes for a wide range of stakeholders focusing on human resource development.
  4. To facilitate interactive information sharing through web conferencing, web seminars and virtual meetings involving relevant research centres and environmental law associations within India, Norway and other countries where such expertise is available.
  5. To help develop India as a regional and international resource Centre for Biodiversity Policy and Law through provision of training and human resource development. Click Here for Website