26.5.23 CGPSC Daily Current Affairs

 Govt committed to conserve biodiversity
Chhattisgarh Forest Minister Mohammad Akbar said Chhattisgarh is rich in biodiversity and steps are being taken by the government for its conservation and promotion.
The Minister laid special emphasis on the need to start a public awareness campaign for conservation and promotion of biodiversity.
During the presentation, Member Secretary, Arun Kumar Pandey, said about 12,000 PBRs (Public Biodiversity Registers) have been set up in the state.
The work of opening a bird interpretation and awareness center in Gidhwa Parsada area, to also function as a bird safari, is also in progress. Nature Trails and Biodiversity Awareness Walks are also being developed in select locations.
India begins “Operation Karuna” to assist Myanmar
India has taken an initiative to aid those affected by Cyclone Mocha in Myanmar by launching “Operation Karuna.” On May 18th, three ships, namely Indian Naval Ships Shivalik, Kamorta, and Savitri, arrived in Yangon with emergency relief material such as food supplies, tents, essential medicines, water pumps, portable generators, clothes, and hygiene items.
 India has always been at the forefront in supporting its neighbors during such disasters, highlighting its commitment to ensuring security and growth for all in the region.
Cyclone Mocha, which recently hit Myanmar, has been classified as an extremely severe cyclonic storm by the IMD and a ‘Super Cyclone’ by the global weather website Zoom Earth.
US panel for India as sixth ‘NATO Plus’ member
Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US next month, a Congressional committee has recommended the addition of India to the list of five non-European nations that comprise “NATO Plus”.
The House Select Committee, also called the China committee, has reasoned that “winning the strategic competition with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and ensuring the security of Taiwan demands the US strengthen ties to our allies and security partners, including India. Including India in NATO Plus security arrangements would build upon the US and India’s close partnership to strengthen global security and deter the aggression of the CCP across the Indo-Pacific region.”
Bringing India on board will facilitate seamless intelligence sharing among these countries and India would access the latest military technology without a time lag
India aims to have People’s Biodiversity Register in every village, verification campaign launched in Goa
A national campaign for updation and verification of People’s Biodiversity Register was launched in Goa, marking a significant step towards the documentation and preservation of India’s rich biological diversity.
The People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR) serves as a comprehensive record of various aspects of biodiversity, including the conservation of habitats, preservation of land races, domesticated stocks and breeds of animals, micro-organisms, and the accumulation of knowledge related to the area’s biological diversity.
So far, 2,67,608 PBRs have been prepared by Biodiversity Management Committees in different states. There is a plan to set up PBR in every village across the country under Mission LiFE (lifestyle for environment) which is conceived to conserve the planet earth through mindful utilisation of natural resources and various other actions at individual and community levels in the country.
As per the Biological Diversity Act 2002, Biodiversity Management Committees (BMC) are created for “promoting conservation, sustainable use and documentation of biological diversity” by local bodies across the country. BMCs have been constituted by the local bodies in the States and Union Territories and are entrusted with preparation of the PBRs in consultation with local communities.
PBR is designed as a tool for formal recording and maintenance of comprehensive information on availability and knowledge of local biological resources, their medicinal or any other use. It’s also a record of knowledge, perception and attitude of people about natural resources, plants and animals, their utilization and conservation in a village.
PBR is considered as the first step towards bridging the gap between intellectual property rights of local people and benefits derived from genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge and enabling them to share those benefits.