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

The India Biodiversity Awards is a joint initiative by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, National Biodiversity Authority and the United Nations Development Programme. It is an innovative mechanism to identify and recognize the efforts of individuals, communities and institution working towards biodiversity conservation, sustainable use of biological resources, access and benefit sharing and biodiversity governance. The winners of India Biodiversity Awards 2020 will be given a Memento, a Certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakhs each for individuals and Rs. 5 lakhs each for institutions.

The first India Biodiversity Awards were jointly announced by the MoEFCC and UNDP in 2012 at the high level segment of the Eleventh meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Following its success, the second, the third and fourth India Biodiversity Awards were held in 2014, 2016 and 2018 respectively in partnership with the National Biodiversity Authority. Over 600 good cases of biodiversity conservation, sustainable use, access and benefit sharing and biodiversity governance were documented through the award process. The awards were institutionalized by the National Biodiversity Authority in 2017. UNDP continues to serve as Knowledge Partner.

Attention: Applications for India Biodiversity Awards 2020 shall be made in the prescribed format given below and sent to NBA either by email to or through post to Secretary, National Biodiversity Authority, TICEL Bio Park, Taramani, Chennai – 600113. Applications received through any other means will not be considered. Applicants can also submit images and videos regarding their work.


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Best Biodiversity Management Committee
Applications under BMC category should be forwarded through State Biodiversity Boards]
The award recognizes the effort of an institution towards conservation of wild species, management and restoration of their habitats for accelerating prevalence of endangered species. There will be two awards in this category- one each for an individual and an institution for the efforts in conservation of domesticated species through effective management of habitats stimulating significant reduction in threat level. The endeavors for sustainable use of biological resources and efficient natural resource management are recognized. One award each will be given to individuals and institutions under this category. The award aims at honoring individuals/ institutions whose projects augmented noteworthy monetary and/or non-monetary equitable sharing of benefits out of the utilization of biological resources with communities and stakeholders concerned. There will be one award in this category. This award aspires to appreciate Biodiversity Management Committees for the exemplary work in documentation of biological resources and associated traditional knowledge; generating awareness; establishing best practices in biodiversity conservation, sustainable use, social and gender equity and empowerment and equitable sharing of benefits.
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How to apply

  1. Download the application form from the website (
  2. Fill in the required information within the prescribed word limit.
  3. E-mail the completed form to the e-mail id:
  4. In case of those who are unable to access internet, hard copies of the completed forms are also accepted which are to be sent to the following address,
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The Secretary,

National Biodiversity Authority
5th Floor, TICEL Bio Park
CSIR Road, Taramani
Chennai -600 113, India
Email address:
Phone number: Tel: 91-44-2254 1071


Last date to send in the application forms is 30 November 2019.

Applications received through any other means will not be considered.



For further details, please contact:

India Biodiversity Awards 2020 Help Desk
(10 AM to 4 PM on Working Days)

Phone number: Tel: 91-44-2254 1071
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