Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala has become one of the first states in the country where all the 978 local village bodies have completed the formation of a Biodiversity Management Committee (BMC).
The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) which was entrusted the task of coordinating with the local bodies handed over a copy of the documents to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Wednesday night.
"Very shortly, all the 60 municipalities and the five corporations would fall in line," Chandy said.
The BMC is an elected body from among the village council and would include experts from the area concerned who will now be the custodians of the biodiversity of the village.
The term of every BMC is three years and this committee is empowered by the Biological Diversity Act 2002 and Biological Diversity Rules 2004 passed by the Indian parliament.
"The BMC has already begun its work to prepare the People's Biodiversity Registers (PBRs) at the micro level," said KSBB member secretary K.P. Laladhas.