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isro mars missionThe Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), that got global recognition for its successful launch of a mission to Mars, will now launch German, French, British and Canadaian satellites, a top official said.

“We will be launching EnMAP (Environmental Mapping and Analysis Programme) satellite belonging to Germany. The satellite will weigh around 800 kg,” ISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan told a news agency in an interview.

The EnMAP is a hyperspectral satellite that would provide images of the Earth at regular intervals. This apart, ISRO will be launching French satellite SPOT-7 during the first quarter of 2014, Radhakrishnan said.

“There will be four more small foreign satellites that would go along with SPOT-7,” he added.

ISRO had launched the SPOT-6 satellite in 2012.

Radhakrishnan said discussions were held with British agencies for launching three satellites each weighing around 300 kg and also to launch a set of Canadian satellites. The idea is to have at least one commercial launch every year using the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), the ISRO chairman said.

According to him, the PSLV rocket’s reliability has been underlined once again with the launch of Mars Orbiter in a precise manner despite the challenges.

Queried about the status of Mars Orbiter, he said: “The Orbiter has been raised to around 193,000 km apogee (farthest point from Earth). We are all gearing up for the dawn of Dec 1 when the Orbiter will be injected in trans-Martian orbit.”

ISRO has been switching on the various systems and payloads of the Orbiter to check their functionalities and health. Read more

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Hyderabad Biodiversity Capital

XI Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

  • More than 8,000 delegates from 193 countries are expected to participate
  • Biodiversity Park, Museum & Pylon to be established for COP-11

United Nations Decade on Biodiversity logoThe eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is going to kick start in Hyderabad from 1 to 19 October 2012.  A national stakeholder consultative meeting was held that brought together the representatives of civil society, the scientific community, United Nations agencies and other donors as well as the representatives of the business community.

The Conference on Biodiversity at Hyderabad will be held from 1st-19th October 2012, in HICC. More than 8,000 delegates from 193 countries are expected to participate. The CoP-11 schedule is 1st to 5th October 2012 – meeting of parties (MoP) on Bio-safety Cartigena Protocol will be held. 8th – 19th October 2012 Conference of Parties (CoP-11) will be held. 17th – 19 October 2012, the High Level Segment will be held.

biodiversity Five themes identified for High Level Segment (HLS) are Biodiversity and Livelihoods, Integration of value of Biodiversity in National Planning and Accounting Process, Strategy for Resource Mobilisation, Coastal and Marine Biodiversity and Operationalization of Nagoya Protocol.

The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties will coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity as well with the Rio+20 meeting scheduled earlier in the year.  India has not hosted a meeting of a Conference of the Parties to a multilateral environmental agreement since 2002.  This will be the first meeting to assess the implementation of the Nagoya biodiversity compact.

By the time of the Hyderabad meeting, it is expected that all countries who are Parties to the Convention will have submitted their national biodiversity strategies and action plans, and many will also have updated them.

The Hyderabad meeting is also noteworthy, as it is widely expected that two new protocols to the  Convention will have entered into force:  the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources  and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, and the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on  Biosafety will have force of law should both receive sufficient numbers of instruments of  ratification in the coming months. Currently, the Nagoya Protocol has 24 signatories and the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol has 23.

Attending the ceremony, Mr Hideki Minamikawa, the Vice-Minister of the Environment of Japan  representing the President of the Conference of the Parties pledged the full support of Japan for  the success of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

After announcing that the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties will be held in Hyderabad, Jairam Ramesh, the Minister of the Environment and Forests of India, unveiled the logo of the Hyderabad biodiversity summit. The logo builds on the logo of the Nagoya biodiversity summit and symbolizes the cycle of life represented by a tiger and a whale and human being, with grain at the centre. In presenting the logo, the Minister stated that livelihoods and biodiversity should be at the centre of discussions at the summit, to be held under the slogan ― Prakruti Rakshati Rakshita‖ (―Nature Protects if She is Protected).

Logo:

bidiversity-logoThe CoP 11 to CBD logo has been developed by National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad for Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India.

The CoP 11 to CBD logo consists of three major motifs, the Royal Bengal Tiger on the upper part, a woman with a bird and a leaf at the centre and a dolphin on the lower part of the circle. On top is the slogan in Sanskrit with English translation ‘Nature Protects if She is Protected’

About The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Opened for signature at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and entering into force in December 1993, the Convention on Biological Diversity is an international treaty for the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of the components of biodiversity and the equitable sharing of the benefits derived from the use of genetic resources. With 193 Parties, the Convention has near universal participation among countries. The Convention seeks to address  all threats to biodiversity and ecosystem services, including threats from climate change, through  scientific assessments, the development of tools, incentives and processes, the transfer of  technologies and good practices and the full and active involvement of relevant stakeholders  including indigenous and local communities, youth, NGOs, women and the business community.  The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is a subsidiary agreement to the Convention. It seeks to protect biological diversity from the potential risks posed by living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology. To date, 159 countries plus the European Union have ratified the Cartagena Protocol. The Secretariat of the Convention and its Cartagena Protocol is located in Montreal. For more information visit www.cbd.int

For additional information, please contact: David Ainsworth on +1 514 287 7025 or at

david.ainsworth@cbd.int  ; or Johan Hedlund on +1 514 287 6670 or at johan.hedlund@cbd.int .

Welcome to Hyderabad, India

Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh, India) will be host to  the  eleventh  meeting  of  the  Conference  of  the  Parties  to  the  Convention  on  Biological  Diversity.  Organised by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, the Conference will be held from 1 to 19 October 2012 at HICC – HITEX Complex  in Hyderabad, India.

For further information and updates please visit:

www.cbdcop11india.in

Useful Stuff for foreign delegates:

Interactive fair for Biodiversity route mapXI Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

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Interactive fair for Biodiversity

Science Express – Biodiversity Special- http://www.sciencexpress.in/

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India’s Western Ghats

India’s Western Ghats have been added to the prestigious list of the United Nation’s cultural agency, UNESCO’s world heritage sites.

The mountains cover an area of about 160,000 sq km (61,776 sq miles) stretching from India’s southern tip to Gujarat. The lush mountains are at risk of a biodiversity crisis due to rapidly increasing population, the BBC reports.

According to UNESCO, the forests include non-equatorial tropical evergreen forests and are home to at least 325 globally-threatened flora, fauna, bird, amphibian, reptile and fish species. The mountains are also recognised as one of the world’s eight ‘hottest hotspots’ of biological diversity, and its forests influence the Indian monsoons.

Some interesting Facts:

  • The Western Ghats have 508 bird species, 16 of which are endemic.
  • Nearly 10,000 Asian elephants live here.
  • The rare nilgiri langur monkey lives here

The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted to add the Western Ghats — believed to have forests older than the Himalayas — to its World Heritage List, taking India’s tally of such sites to 29.

On July 1, the World Heritage committee, a 21-member body, met at St Petersburg, Russia, and included the Western Ghats on its list, along with 14 other sites around the world. About 17 nations, including Russia and Japan, participated in an elaborate discussion and backed the proposal to include the Ghats on this prestigious list.

Popularly known as ‘Sahyadri’ and ‘Malnad’ in local parlance, the Western Ghats mountain chain starts at the border of Gujarat and Maharashtra, and runs through the states of Maharashtra , Goa, Karnataka , Tamil Nadu and Kerala, ending at Kanyakumari . It is recognized as one of the world’s eight hottest hotspots of biological diversity that largely influences the Indian monsoon weather pattern.

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is one of the greatest national celebrations observed throughout the country on January 26 every year. India became Republic on the 26th Jan, 1950. The country became a sovereign democratic republic with a written constitution and an elected parliament. 

Republic Day

At the time of independence, although India was under British rule, there were 565 Princely States, big and small, ruled by powerful sovereigns who were protected by treaties of alliance with the British Crown. Without bringing them together, the fundamental unity of the country was not possible. This unification was accomplished by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, whose statesmanship helped to integrate the country into one nation. In a little less than 2 years, all the princely States became a part of the Republic of India. 

India has marked its 60th Republic Day with celebrations including its traditional military parade in New Delhi on 26th January, 2009

An impressive and colorful parade, a traditional attraction of the national event, marched down the thoroughfare connecting the Rashtrapati Bhawan and the historic India Gate as President Pratibha Patil took the salute from marching contingents. 

Armed forces in battle regalia proudly marching before their supreme commander, scintillating show of air power, fascinating tableaux depicting the diverse culture and hundreds of colorfully-dressed dancing school children were part of the parade. 

The march-past was watched by the Republic Day chief guest Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Defence Minister A K Antony and the country’s top political and military brass, including UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, besides a large enthusiastic crowd that had gathered on either sides of the Rajpath.

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