The Indian Biodiversity Congress (IBC) was launched in the International Year of Biodiversity (2010) at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala as a first national initiative towards creating awareness on biodiversity and environmental education and involved in forwarding policy suggestions for conservation and sustainable development.
The first IBC (IBC 2010) was organised in collaboration with Kerala State Biodiversity Board and University of Kerala. The Second IBC (IBC 2012) was held at Indian Institute of Science, Centre for Ecological Sciences (IISc), Bengaluru in collaboration with Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine (I-AIM) and Government of Karnataka.
The third Indian Biodiversity Congress (IBC 2014) was organized at SRM University, Chennai, a major cultural, economic and educational centre in the country during December 2014, in collaboration with CP Ramaswamy Environmental Education Centre (CPREEC), Chennai, a Centre of Excellence of the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India, established jointly by the Ministry and the C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation.
IBC has now become a regular biennial event in India, with an array of programmes attached to it including seminars, exhibition, workshops, national photography exhibition, civil society meet, documentary film festival and Children’s Biodiversity Conclave, besides a series of satellite and side events.
Highlights of IBC 2017
- A major event in India on biodiversity in the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (2011- 2020).
- National Seminar on the focal theme – Climate Change and Biodiversity and 12 other sub-themes.
- Plenary and key-note lectures by eminent scholars in the field.
- 1000 delegates from all over India.
- Indian Biodiversity Expo
- Participation by R & D centers, NGOs, Corporates and State Biodiversity Boards.
- NGO meet highlighting inclusive action for biodiversity conservation.
- All India Photography Competition on Climate Change, Livelihood and Biodiversity.
- Documentary Film Festival.
- Children’s Conclave.
Members of Academic and Research Community, Civil Society, Community Members, Planners, Policy Makers, Students, Corporates etc.