India, Norway to set up centre for biodiversity policy and law

CHENNAI, Apr 23: National Biodiversity Authority would establish a centre for biodiversity policy and law, in collaboration with the Government of Norway tomorrow.
“The centre would be more of a think tank. It would help India and Norway exchange expertise in the field and frame a legal framework on how to go about issues relating to biodiversity in India,” Balakrishna Pisupati, Chairman, National Biodiversity Authority told reporters here.
To be known as ‘Centre for Biodiversity Policy and Law,’ it would be represented by experts of NBA under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, while the Norwegian side would be represented by Division of Nature Management.
“The centre would help the country breed experts at home as and when we need expertise inputs and not having it on ad hoc basis as we have now,” Pisupati said.
Norwegian Ambassador to India Ann Ollestad, Norwegian Environment Secretary Heidi Sorensen and Indian Environment Secretary T Chatterjee would speak at the inaugural tomorrow.
A seminar on current issues on bio diversity has also been arranged after the inauguration, he said. (PTI)