Aparna Nair, TNN
NAGPUR: The third meeting of the Maharashtra StateBiodiversity Board(MSSB) was held in the city on Saturday. Various issues including capacity building of village, formation of district level biodiversity committees and the financial position of the board were discussed in the meeting.

In the meeting, the members strongly expressed their displeasure over the shortage of manpower and also funds. "Whenever some work is proposed, the lack of funds creates the first hurdle. This in turn makes it impossible for us to have a proper office and also recruit manpower. This state of affairs shows how serious the government is about the board functioning." said a member.

Under the Biodiversity Act 2002, it is mandatory for the state government to provide funds needed by the state biodiversity board. However, even 10 months after its formation, the board is yet to receive proper funding.

"We are going to work upon the capacity building of village biodiversity committees by making them aware about their rights and duties. Also, the board will also soon launch its own website." said Anmol Kumar.

The meeting was attended by principal secretary (forests) Praveen Pardeshi, board chairman Dr E K Barucha, PCCF (wildlife) SWH Naqvi, APPCF (personnel) and board member-secretary Anmol Kumar, Satpuda Foundation chief Kishor Rithe, Umarkhed MLA Vijay Khadse, and professor with Shivaji University S R Yadav. The Board was set up in January 2012 under the Biological Diversity Act 2002.

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