13th IUCN Indian National Committee Meeting Held in New Delhi

22 March 2011 | News story
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The 13th IUCN Indian National Committee (INC) meeting looks at a mechanism involving science, the IUCN Commissions and Members for action oriented interventions on the environment. 

The IUCN Indian National Committee (INC) had its 13th meeting on March 21, 2011 at the premises of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India. With the welcoming of new members to the IUCN constituency in India and to the INC, the Committee also deliberated on subjects for collaboration among members including the Government of India and discussed critical issues for the 11th Conference of Parties (COP) to be held in 2012. Dr Ashok Khosla, IUCN President and Mr T Chatterjee, Secretary MoEF, were present at the meeting with the INC members and office bearers.

Chairing the meeting, Mr Chatterjee emphasised that science should be the leitmotif for any engagement on the environment and conservation. He stressed on the need to develop mechanisms that could bring the NGOs, CSOs and government agencies under the same umbrella to coordinate and engage in result oriented interventions. Marking the six IUCN Commissions as significant repositories of knowledge and expertise, he said that they should be used and involved effectively to tackle the environmental issues in the country. This would help in providing a sound scientific background to environmental issues and suitable policy advice.

Dr Khosla called the IUCN members as the eyes and ears of the organisation and a crucial agent in the dissemination of messages pertaining to the environment. Concurring with the Chair’s views on the IUCN Commissions, he expressed the need to engage with the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) in the context of indigenous peoples’ issues in India.

He announced that the IUCN Council meeting for 2011 would be held in India and it would be another opportunity for the members to interact and deliberate on interventions. The IUCN staff including Dr J S Rawat, Coordinator Programme & Constituency for the India Office appraised the INC on the Regional Conservation Forum slotted for September this year in the Republic of Korea. He also updated the Committee on membership in India in the context of their involvement with various IUCN programmes in the country.   

There were discussions on the forthcoming COP-11 to be held in India. Dr Asad Rehmani, INC member and Director of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), stated that the two issues of access and benefit sharing and protection of marine areas would be of priority at the event. BNHS is designated as the NGO and CSO coordinator for the COP-11 to be held in 2012.

The members, including Mr P R Sinha, Member Secretary of the INC and Director of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), pledged to meet more frequently with clear agendas for action. 


1 Dr Mir M Mansoor J&K State Wildlife Protection Department
Critically endangered species and changing face of proteced areas.
Since, being a member of IUCN’s SSC CBSG & VSG or AHSG for many trienniums now, I have been observing that, some of the Wildlife Protected Areas such as National Parks and Sanctuaries, being physically shared by ecologically important flora and fauna, tourists, government agencies, communities, livestock etc. are prone to devastating ecological changes and these land uses have practically changed these areas to the extent that many critically endangered and flagship species having their last abode there, are virtually fighting a lost battle. But, despite these concerns, IUCN lacks clear policy
May 21, 2011 - 05:33
2 Dr Bijay Nanda Sandhan Foundation
Happy to know about the CEESP as I have demonstrated an innovative concept in Odisha got supported by UNEP-GPA in 2005 to safeguard the coast with peoples strong particpation but not weighed with due appreciation by the people in the helm of affairs because of their inefiency and inhuman jealousy.
May 2, 2011 - 20:28
3 Ecoman Vijaypal Baghel Paryawaran Sachetak Samiti
Conservation of IUCN red listed species.
Strong and practical policy must be formate/implement at grass root level to conserve red listed species of fauna & flora.
April 23, 2011 - 10:34
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