Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has to form a new biodiversity management committee for the conservation of biodiversity in the city. The committee formation is mandatory for the PMC under the Biological Diversity Act, 2012 and the set rules of the Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board.
The biodiversity management committee comprises 22 members, including seven from the elected representatives of the PMC.This is for the second time the PMC will form such a committee for the next five years as the last committee headed by corporator Sachin Dodke ended its tenure with the ending of the five-year term of elected corporators.
The committee includes seven expert members, who guide the PMC while seven members will be ex-officio members belonging to various government departments. A proposal in this regard to form a committee will be tabled before the General Body of the PMC for appointing the seven elected members on September 18. As per the proposal, Pune is close to the Western Ghats, known for its rich biodiversity.
The committee should prepare a People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR) for documenting the types of local flora and fauna. The committee will also ensure equal distribution of benefits of biodiversity among the beneficiaries. According to the PMC Environment Department Head Mangesh Dighe, the main purpose behind forming the committee is to promote conservation of the rich biodiversity in Pune.
It will maintain a register of flora and fauna found in Pune, document the existing condition of biodiversity in the city and take decisions in accordance with the promotion and conservation of biodiversity and create awareness among the general public. Dighe said that with the guidance from the committee the PMC prepared a booklet on flora and fauna found in the jurisdiction of the PMC which can be used for research and reference book also.
When contacted, botanist Sachin Punekar who was one of the members of the committee, said the biodiversity management committee is the need of the hour as during the fast changing environmental scenario the conservation of biodiversity and other aspects of nature like ground water, air etc need to be monitored without fail.