Calling ecosystem services provided by biodiversity of great importance for the ‘GDP of the poor’, Dr. Singh told the high level segment of the CBD Plenary, which he inaugurated, that India was devoting large amount of funds to safeguard their sustenance through schemes such as the Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. The country had also passed the Biological Diversity Act in 2002 and the National Biodiversity Action Plan.
Despite global efforts, the 2010 global biodiversity targets set under the Convention on Biological Diversity could not be fully met. This situation must change. The critical issue is how to mobilise the necessary financial, technical and human resources necessary, particularly the incubation, sharing, and transfer of technology.
Protecting and promoting biodiversity has always been an integral part of the Indian ethos and culture. This can be seen from the thousands of sacred groves all over the country. Traditional system of agriculture and medicine in India has depended on plant and animal biodiversity, and protecting the wild relatives of these resources that we use today is of paramount importance.
Since it has been a matter of concern that the public knowledge represented by biodiversity may be restricted in the regime of modern intellectual property rights, India has created a digital library of traditional knowledge. This is in a format that is easily accessible to patent examiners and had been able to avert over a thousand cases of bio-piracy. Also, 105 claims were cancelled or dropped by Patent Offices. India was offering its assistance to the World Intellectual Property Organisation to set up other similar facilities.
The treasure trove of traditional knowledge should be used for the benefit of all humanity, rather than for profit, he said.
Fragile Oasis is a project and a mission I started learning just about a couple months ago.
It has been created by Ron Garan (NASA astronaut and USAF Retired Colonel) and supported by other astronauts of the various space agencies of our Planet Earth. As the name states it is a program that reminds us we have been given a very rare and wonderful opportunity to live on a Planet like Earth and that it is one and one only. This message and project bring inspiration to all of us by pictures, documents, stories shared, much more …
and it does this in a way that cannot actually be conveived easily from words. It’s about a unique feeling of togetherness a feeling we can all perceive living inside everyone of us.
I just wanted to introduce the post, I don’t want to cover with my words the special thoughts expressed by Ron in his last post from Space after 6 months of mission. I put the title in the header of my blogpost: he wrote the message before returning to Earth 2 days ago with Soyuz spacecraft. (you should read also the previous delivered by him and his, our, fellow crew members in the blog of Fragile Oasis during last months).
His story is a special story, again. Your emotion will betray you while reading … while he’s coming back on Earth, be ready to start a new trip with us. Welcome back!
Marco D.P., crew member n.876 (remember to join the community:follow Fragile Oasis from facebook, twitter or directly from its blog) - follow the next updates because Ron has come back with a bountiful stock of images and more …