Peer to Peer Learning Programme
Exposure visit to learn People's Biodiversity Register(PBR) preparation,Access and Benefit Sharing(ABS) mechanisms, BHS management, best practices of Biodiversity Management Committees(BMCs), institution, conservators etc.
Awareness and Familiarisation on Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable use based on PBR
The biodiversity education project funded by NBA started from 1st Oct. 2013. A total of 25 Grama Panchayaths in five districts of Kerala namely Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Kollam, Wayanad, Malappuram have been selected and a total of 27 Schools are associated with the project. The first phase of the project was completed mainly concentrating on the updation of PBR of respective Grama Panchayat for which student volunteers were trained for additional data collection on biodiversity during mid summer vacation. The second phase scheduled from June 2014 focuses on a series of lectures on topics proposed in the prescribed syllabus in each school with the participation of maximum students.
- State level launching and inauguration of the project was held at Govt. Higher Secondary School, Peruvalloor, Malappuram district on 26th January 2014 by Hon. Minister for Education Sri. P.K. Abdu Rub. The function was presided over by the local MLA Sri. K.N.A. Khader.
- One day orientation programme was organised in each of the 25 Grama Panchayats under the leadership of concerned BMCs. All BMC members, Ward members of the GP, Student volunteer leaders (20 Nos), Teacher co-ordinator(s), representative of Parent Teacher Association of the School, NGO representatives, Head Master/ Principal of the school, Agricultural Officer of the GP, District Co-ordinator and Project Fellows (PBR) participated in this meeting.
- District level orientation workshops were conducted for teacher co ordinators in 5 districts to generate awareness of activities to be undertaken for the successful implementation of the project at schools.
- In the twenty seven selected schools one day training was arranged to train the student volunteers in data collection process. Simplified formats have been prepared for the purpose and distributed to them. They were taught how to collect biodiversity information on agro biodiversity, homestead biodiversity and wild biodiversity from their surrounding area. The importance of collection of Traditional Knowledge from older generations is said to be imperative. The list of species already included in the PBR were prepared and distributed to the volunteers to avoid duplication of information being collected.
Awareness Programmes on Traditional Animal Breeds and Crop Varieties
Kerala State Biodiversity Board organised National Seminar on Biodiversity and Food security in collaboration with Centre for Social Excellence and Development on 21.01.2014 at Mascot Hotel, Trivandrum. Hon. Minister K.V.Thomas participated in it.
Traditional meet of eco friendly farmers
A meet of eco-friendly farmers was organized at Thiruvananthapuram on 20th February 2014. Farmers from different parts of the state attended the programme and shared their views and experiences. Dr.K.P.Laladhas, Member Secretary, KSBB inaugurated the function.. Dr.R.Gopimony, Former Professor and Head, Kerala Agricultural University was the moderator. Dr.S.Leena Kumari, Dr.N.Sudhodanan and Dr.P.Kamalasanan Pillai delivered presentations on traditional varieties and breeds and interacted with the farmers. This was followed by a session in which farmers shared their views and experiences in eco-friendly farming. Prominent farmers were honoured by presenting mementos. About 300 farmers attended the event. This is the second time that KSBB is conducting traditional meet of eco friendly farmers, which is one of a kind event in the State.