Thiruvananthapuram: `Zero Waste Himalaya` and `Endosulfan Free Kerala` are some of the focal points that would be taken up for discussion at the Frist Indian Biodiversity Congress-2010 to be held here on December 28-31.
Giving details of the IBC, Kerala Biodiversity Board Chairman and IBC Organising Committee Secretary General R V Varma said main objective of the congress was to create awareness among people on the importance of conservation of biodiversity of the country.
Organising Secretary A Biji Kumar said some of the current topics such as dumbing of waste in Himalayas and issue of ensosulfan pesticide use in Kerala would be taken up for
discussion at the congress.
A special session for working out strategy to protect the biodiversity of Western Ghats would be held.
The Union Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh would attend the inaugural function to be held on December 28.
Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan would inaugurate the congress to be attended by noted environment experts and scientists.
More than 200 papers on various environmental issues and methods to conserve biodiversity of the nation would be presented at the congress.
The focal theme of the IBC would be `Biodoversity and Development:Mainstreaming Biodoversity into Policy Making` with the primary aim of discussing strategies and action plans to involve local community for conservation at the grass roots.
Noted environmentalist M K Prasad, Chief Coordinator of the IBC C Sureshkumar was among those present at the press meet.