CfP: Seminar on Role of Local Self Governments in Biodiversity Governance @ Bhavan’s PALSAR, Kozhikode [June 7-8]: Submit by May 25

About the Institution

Bhavan’ N.A. Palkhivala Academy for Advanced Legal Studies and Research (Bhavan’s PALSAR) is an unaided law college affiliated to University of Calicut and recognised by the bar council of India, established in the year 2012. The institution is dedicated for the sacred memory of Bhavan’s former Vice President and legendary Jurist N. A. Palkhivala.

Concept Note on the Seminar

 Kerala is a land ecologically fragile situated in the south-western tip of Indian peninsula. Inland of Kerala includes Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as forests breeding many other rare species of flora and fauna. Kerala having a rich biodiversity and it includes the variability of species in terrestrial, aerial and aquatic habitats, the diversity of ecosystems and the diversity of genes they harbour.

It is an essential component of the nature and it ensures the survival of human species by providing food, fuel, shelter, medicines and other resources to mankind. It is the duty and responsibility of the present generation to protect and preserve the rich biodiversity for the future generations.

However, decline in biodiversity is a matter of great concern. Numerous numbers of plants and animal species are endangered and threatened. Conservation of biodiversity has assumed great importance to preserve the ecological balance and thereby derive sustainable benefits for the present and future generations.

The Biological Diversity Act, 2002, is a significant milestone in this direction. The act was enacted to meet the obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity, 1992, to which India is a party.

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The Biological Diversity Act, 2002 is intended for the conservation of biological diversity, sustainable use of its components and fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the use of biological resources, knowledge and other related matters. For the above purpose the act provides a three tire system of implementation i.e. a Biodiversity Authority at the national level, Biodiversity board at the state level and biodiversity management committees at the grass root level.

For the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, a combined effort of all the professionals, business men and other stake holders becomes the imminent need of the contemporary world. So we hope an interdisciplinary seminar to generate novel thoughts from different disciplines of knowledge. So we invite papers from the students, research scholars, professionals, teachers in the field of Science, Management and Law.

In view of these emerging issues and challenges, the Academy propose to convene a two day International Seminar on ROLE OF LOCAL SELF GOVERNMENTS IN BIODIVERSITY GOVERNANCE WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO KERALA” so as to provide a forum for participants to understand the emerging issues in this realm and to explore concrete solutions which can emerge as an eye opener for the government and policy makers.

Session Themes
  1. Role of Local Self Governments under Biological Diversity Act 2002.
  2. Biodiversity Governance – Legal Framework

Participatory Decision Making under CBD and Nagoya Protocol. United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, 1972 to Rio+20- Convention on Biological Diversity, 1992- Cartagena Convention its Protocol on Biosafety- The Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety- United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)- Jakarta Charter on Business and Biodiversity, 2009- Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)- Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)- Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS)- Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)- Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)- The ASEAN Agreement on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

  1. Sustainable business practices for biodiversity conservation

Biodiversity Governance – New Directions- liberalisation and challenges to natural resource management- sustainable business practices- corporate social responsibility- environment friendly business initiatives and  green products- other new business practices.

  1. Biodiversity: Scope and Extent

Forest Biodiversity- Inland waters Biodiversity- Island Biodiversity- Marine and Coastal Biodiversity- Mountain Biodiversity- Desert Biodiversity- Agricultural Biodiversity- Climate Change and Energy Security- Clean Technologies and the Clean Development Mechanism- Waste, Water, Air Quality Management and Pollution Control- Ecological taxation (Eco-Tax).

Guidelines for Paper Submission

All abstracts and full papers must be sent to in the format outline given below:

  • The abstract should not be more than 350 words and must be attached with a cover page containing the following details – Title of the Paper, Name of the Author, University/ Institution/Organisation, Email Address & Mobile Number of the Author.
  • The full paper should be between 3500-4000 words
  • The main text should be in Times New Roman with font size 12 and spacing of 1.5 and Foot note should be in Times New Roman with font size 10 and spacing of 1
  • All submissions should follow the standard Indian citation (SILC)
Important Dates
  • Last Date of Sending Abstract: May 25, 2018
  • Intimation regarding Selection of Abstract: May 30, 2018
  • Last Date of sending full Papers: June 4, 2018
Registration Charges
Delegates Early Bird Registration (on or Before 1st June , 2018) After 1st June, 2018
In-service persons/ Faculties Rs.1000/- Rs.1500/-


Research Scholars (Mphil / Ph.D./ PDF) 500 750
Accompanying person 250 500
Students 250 500
Foreign Delegates US$ 150


US$ 250

The venue is Seminar Hall , Bhavan’s Palsar Campus, which is approximately 16. km away from the city, Kozhikode/Calicut. Bhavan’s PALSAR is well connected with Southern Railway, NH 66 and by Air. Nearest railway stations are at Feroke and Kozhikode. The Calicut Airport (Code: CCJ) is 10 km from the venue.


The delegates are advised to contact the convenor and joint convenor for all queries and clarifications at email:

Sri. N. Nikhilesh, Convenor. Mob: 9037884213, Sri. V. Arun, Joint Convenor, Mob: 8089284079. PALSAR Tel.: 0495-2440604.

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