Kerala State Biodiversity Board is a statutory regulatory body established as per the provisions of Section 22 of Biological Diversity Act 2002 and Rules 2004. The Board is mandated with Conservation of biodiversity, Sustainable utilization of bioresources and fair and equitable sharing of benefits. The Kerala State Biodiversity Rules were formulated in the year 2008 in exercise of the powers conferred by section 63 of Act of 2002. The Board is headed by a Chairman and Member Secretary and has 5 ex officio members and five non official members to guide the Board in all its activities.




To protect Biodiversity in its own right and ensure the enrichment and its sustainable use for the development of Kerala.


To conserve our rich biodiversity through policy guidelines, legislation and action plans in a participatory mode for the welfare of all the living beings of our state.


The Board was constituted during 2005 vide notification made in February 2005 [GO (Ms) No. 1/2005/STED dated 28.2.2005] and published in the gazette on 01 June 2005.The Board is functioning under Department of Environment, Government of Kerala with its headquarters at Thiruvananthapuram.


  • 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 utilisation of biological resources.
  • Regulate by granting of approvals or otherwise requests for commercial utilisation or bio-survey and bio-utilisation of any biological resource by Indian nationals.
  • Provide guidance, technical and financial support to Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) for preparing ‘People’s Biodiversity Registers (PBRs) and co-ordinate activities of BMCs for decentralised biodiversity management.
  • Commission studies and sponsor investigation and research on biodiversity conservation.
  • Compile technical and statistical data of biodiversity in the State, compile a database of biodiversity and monitor the rate of depletion
  • Facilitate updating and implementation of State Biodiversity strategies and action plan
  • Ensure that biodiversity and biodiversity dependent livelihoods are integrated at all level of planning
  • Perform such other functions as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of the Act or  as  may  be  prescribed  by  the  State Government.
  • Survey, Inventory, Documentation & Monitoring of Biodiversity
  • Develop database of biodiversity
  • Facilitate local bodies in community based natural resource management through supporting and building capacity of Biodiversity Management Committee.
  • Facilitate updating and implementation of State Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan and Local Biodiversity strategy and action plan.
  • Regulate by granting of approvals or otherwise requests for commercial utilisation or bio-survey and bio-utilisation of any biological resource by Indian nationals with the purpose of securing equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the use of biological resources.
  • Support in situ and ex situ conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Promote Sustainable use and equitable sharing of benefits
  • Support research, schemes, community and reward individual efforts for Biodiversity conservation
  • To help in conservation and development of areas of importance from the standpoint of biological diversity by declaring them as biological diversity heritage sites.
  • Notification and rehabilitation of threatened species.
  • Mainstreaming biodiversity by co-ordinating with line departments and institutions and Integration of the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity into relevant sectoral or cross-sectoral plans, programs and policies
  • Support Communication, Education and Public Awareness on Biodiversity
  • Provide support for workshops/seminars on Biodiversity Conservation/ Biodiversity clubs etc



People of Kerala with special focus on local self-governments, local communities, nature lovers, researchers, scientists and small and large scale bioresource based industries.


  • To offer suggestions, feedbacks wherever required, to streamline and further improve the functioning and promote accountability and transparency.
  • As per the BD Act 2002, if any loss of biodiversity within the state, it is expected from every citizen of the country that they will help the government in bringing to their notice
  • We expect every organization, civil society, scientific community, private agency and all citizens of India to:
  • Exchange their ideas and interact with department for the common cause of biodiversity conservation.
  • Honour and abide by the rules, regulation, acts and legislations framed by the state and central governments towards; protection, conservation of flora and fauna.



Citizen with grievances can expect from the organization that: –

  • There will be timely action on the grievances raised.
  • Their grievances will be forwarded to the concerned authority within the stipulated time period and will be intimated accordingly.
  • Visitors would be treated with courtesy and addressed patiently to facilitate in solving their grievances.
  • All necessary steps will be taken for quick and satisfactory disposal of complaints and grievances.

Grievances should be related to:

  • Environment Pollution.
  • Degradation of ecosystems
  • Depletion of biodiversity
  • Non-functioning of BMC
  • Specific threats to biodiversity