About Karnataka Biodiversity Board
The Board has been established by the Government of Karnataka vide G.O. No. FEE 125 ENV 2003 dated: 19-06-2003 as per provisions of Biological Diversity Act, 2002. The Karnataka Biodiversity Board has started functioning from 1-08-2003. The prime objective of the Board is to foster the institutional setup for documentation, sustainable use and development of the rich biodiversity of the state.
In 1992, the first conference of its kind, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), commonly referred to as the 'Rio Conference' or 'Earth Summit' was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to achieve sustainable socio-economic development and to address urgent problems of environmental protection through institutional framework. This led to the dawn of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), a legally binding multilateral environmental agreement that has 196 contracting parties as its members which came into force on 29th Dec 1993. India is a party to the CBD and has setup the following legal framework for the compliance of the Convention.