PEOPLE'S BIODIVERSITY REGISTER (PBR)
THE PREPARATION OF PEOPLE'S BIODIVERSITY REGISTERS:
People's Biodiversity Registers: The Register of the people, by the people and for the people
The objectives of the PBR formation are:
To claim justified benefit sharing by the local people for any commercial use of their BD resources (BD elements + knowledge) To explore enterprises based on their BD resources To develop exhaustive data base to help effective intervention for development and conservation. Along with these information, the Registers will also contain extensive annotations on the landscape of the area, present land use patterns and the same over a timescape, an overview of the peoplescape and other relevant data deemed necessary for planning proper future strategies of local level management of resources.
Preparation of Peoples Biodiversity Registers include
Comprehensive information on availability and knowledge of local biological resources, their medicinal or any other use or any other traditional knowledge associated with them; Data about the local vaids and practitioners using the biological resources Details of the access to biological resources and traditional knowledge granted details of the collection fee imposed and details of the benefits derived and the mode of their sharing. The major ways of collecting data for the PBR includes Interviews of knowledgeable individuals/ veterans; Group interviews; Field observations by volunteers and technical support groups and Existing official documents.
INFORMATION RECORDED IN PBRS:
The information contained in PBRs is not only confined to
a list of species available in an area but a comprehensive report on the species,their habitats,biological produce,their associated market price,harvesting and transport of the produce, regulations applied to harvesting, technologies pertaining to processing of the produce, peopleâ€™s way of using their resources, local level management and use of resources, landscape related data, information on changes that the people perceive over a time span, water resources, conservation efforts on the people and their perception regarding the same along with information on the people- the main stakeholders in this exercise.
These information are being documented under different chapters, viz.,
Lifescape, Landscape, Peoplescape and Timescape.
Based on these documented information the concerned BMCs are expected to conduct activities in the context of management of local biodiversity resources by promoting conservation measures, organizing sustainable harvests, fixing collection charges for bio-resources, organizing value addition activities, promoting small scale entrepreneurships and designing effective marketing strategies.