Preserving Biodiversity

National Green Tribunal constitutes Fact Finding Committee based on ESG's Petitions

Committee to examine ecological and environmental impacts of illegal diversion of 10,000 acres of 'Amrit Mahal Kaval' (grasslands designated as forests) for Defense, Nuclear and Industrial projects in Chitradurga, Karnataka

Press Release : Bangalore : 27 March 2013

Challakere Grasslands Landscape

Workshop on Addressing Inadequacies of the Karnataka Preservation of Trees Act, 1976

in light of the observations made by the Hon'ble High Court of Karnataka on Karnataka Government's intent to reform the law

Dates: 26 - 26 January, 2013
Time: 2 pm - 6 pm
Venue: Ashirwad, 30, St. Mark's Road, Bangalore

 

 

 

Environment Support Group and Bangalore Environment Trust

 

cordially invite you to a workshop on

Karnataka High Court Issues Notice in PIL Highlighting Egregious Biopiracy and Governmental Apathy

Meanwhile, Karnataka scandalously transfers prosecuting officers in biopiracy case

Press Release : Bangalore : 21 November 2012

The Principal Bench of the High Court of Karnataka (comprising Chief Justice Mr. Vikramjit Sen and Justice Mrs. B. V. Nagarathna) ordered issue of notice on 21 Nov 2012 in the Public Interest Litigation (Writ Petition No. 41532/2012) filed by Environment Support Group, Bangalore (ESG) and listed the matter for further consideration for the fourth week of January 2013.

 

IMPLICATIONS OF BIOPIRACY FOR CONSERVATION OF BIODIVERSITY AND PROTECTION OF LOCAL COMMUNITY RIGHTS: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Side Event at the 11th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, Hyderabad

Dates: 17 - 17 October, 2012
Time: 18:15 – 19:45 hrs
Venue: Side Event Room 4 - HITEX 1 - Ground Level, Hyderabad

 

You are cordially invited to a Side Event at the 11th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, Hyderabad

Workshop on Wise Use, Rehabilitation, Conservation and Protection of Lakes and their Canal Networks in Karnataka

Workshop Invitation

Date: 22 September, 2012
Time: 2.30 pm to 6.00 pm
Venue: SCM House, 29, 2nd Cross, CSI Compound, Mission Road, Bangalore

Workshop Date: 22 September 2012
(REGISTRATION CLOSES 20 SEPTEMBER)

 

NBA confirms Monsanto/Mahyco and ors. to be criminally prosecuted in B.t. Brinjal Biopiracy Case

Karnataka Chief Minister urged to revive biopiracy case

Press Release : Bangalore : 24 May 2012
NBA to finally prosecute Monsanto for biopiracy

In its first official confirmation, National Biodiversity Authority (NBA, India's independent regulator on all matters pertaining to biodiversity protection, conservation and use) has stated that “it is proceeding with lodging of complaint against the alleged violators” of Biological Diversity Act on grounds of biopiracy in promo

Karnataka must not capitulate. Prosecute Monsanto/Mahyco and ors. for biopiracy

Reverse decision of Karnataka Biodiversity Board to stop investigation on ESG's complaint of biopiracy

Press Release : Bangalore : 7 February 2012
biopiracy

 

We share with shock and utter dismay that the Karnataka State Biodiversity Board, a critical regulatory body to implement the Biological Diversity Act, has resolved recently that it will not initiate criminal prosecution against M/s Monsanto and M/s Mahyco and others involved in biopiracy while developing India's first GMO food: B.t. Brinjal. This decision was taken in the 19th meeting of the Board held on 20 January 2011.

 

Leo F. Saldanha, Bhargavi S. Rao, and Mallesh K. R.
Environment Support Group

Creating an Undemocratic and Unaccountable Biotechnology Regulator

A critique of the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill, 2011

Press Release : Bangalore : 29 November 2011

Biotechnology is a cross cutting issue that affects food production, farming, health, environment and information technology sectors. It is to be expected then that formulation of any law governing this high risk technology would be deeply democratic and transparent exercise.

Leo F. Saldanha
Bhargavi S. Rao