The Biodiversity Management Committees:
1. are established by the state governments by gazette notification
2. established to promote conservation of the folk varieties and cultivars
3. advise the state government on matters of biodiversity conservation on state level
Which among the above statements is / are correct?

Answer: [A] Only 1 & 2

Biodiversity Management Committee under Biological Diversity Act

  • Every local body shall constitute a Biodiversity Management Committee within its area for the purpose of promoting conservation, sustainable use and documentation of biological diversity including preservation of habitats, conservation of land races, folk varieties and cultivars, domesticated stocks and breeds of animals and microorganisms and chronicling of knowledge relating to biological diversity.
  • For the purposes of this sub section, o “cultivar” means a variety of plant that has originated and persisted under cultivation or was specifically bred for the purpose of cultivation o “folk variety” means a cultivated variety of plant that was developed, grown and exchanged informally among farmers o “landrace” means primitive cultivar that was grown by ancient farmers and their successors.
  • The National Biodiversity Authority and the State Biodiversity Boards shall consult the Biodiversity Management Committees while taking any decision relating to the use of biological resources and knowledge associated with such resources occurring within the territorial jurisdiction of the Biodiversity Management Committee.
  • The Biodiversity Management Committees may levy charges by way of collection fees from any person for accessing or collecting any biological resource for commercial purposes from areas falling within its territorial jurisdiction.

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