National Biodiversity Authority
The National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) was established in 2003 to implement India’s Biological Diversity Act (2002). The NBA is a Statutory, Autonomous Body and it performs facilitative, regulatory and advisory functions for the Government of India on issues of conservation, sustainable use of biological resources and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the use of biological resources.
Centre for Environment Education
Centre for Environment Education (CEE), is a Centre of Excellence, for Environmental Education and is supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India. CEE is affiliated to the Nehru Foundation for Development. The primary objective of the Centre is to improve public awareness and understanding of the environment with a view to promoting the conservation and sustainable use of nature and natural resources, leading to a better environment and a better quality of life. To this end, CEE develops innovative programmes and educational material, and builds capacity in the field of education for sustainable development (ESD).
International Day for Biological Diversity
You may be aware that the United Nations has proclaimed May 22 as the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB), to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention of Biological Diversity. Marine Biodiversity is the theme for this year's International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). The Designation of IDB 2012 on the theme of marine ecosystems provides everyone interested in marine life, the opportunity to raise awareness of the issue and induce practical action.
Attempting to create a Guinness World Records™
As a part of the National Celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity, NBA is organising a series of programmes for youth and general public. CEE Tamil Nadu, the Tamil Nadu State Office of the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) in collaboration with the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) is attempting to create a Guinness World Records™ for the largest handprint painting in an area of approximately 6000 m² in an event organised, at the Marina Beach, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India on 22nd May 2012.
The initiative is to garner public support and commitment for the conservation of Biodiversity. A special pledge has been developed for the citizens to express their solidarity for the efforts to conserve biodiversity. As a testimony to the commitment, we encourage every citizen to stand up for the cause for the Conservation of Biodiversity by reading the pledge and placing their handprints on one of the world’s largest canvass being developed in Chennai.
Some parts of the canvass would be taken around to different places of the city and one canvass would specially be placed at the following sites:
- Near the Light House, in Marina Beach, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
- Near the Marina Swimming Pool, Marina Beach, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
- Elliot's Beach, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
- Thiruvanmiyur Beach Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Come join the effort in conserving the World Biodiversity and be a part of the Guinness Book of World Records and experience life turning bright, and provide everlasting joy for the future!
- Come lets commit to conservation and get the beautiful earth back!
- Invite and mobilize all your friends to give a hand to conservation of biodiversity!
- Date: 22.05.2012
- Time: 04:30 to 20:30 Hrs
Needless to say, Life is bright, when the efforts are right! :~)
Looking forward to seeing you all make a visible (:~)) commitment to conserving biodiversity!