West Bengal
Biodiversity Board

People's Biodiversity Register (PBR)

People's Biodiversity Register is a legal document containing comprehensive account of local bio-resources along with related traditional knowledge & practises of the concerned area of jurisdiction under a Biodiversity Management Committee (BMC). It also highlights the brief idea of landscape and demography of the concern area. As per Rule 22(10) of the Biological Diversity Rules, 2004, the preparation of PBR of a particular area is the primary mandate of the concerned BMC. A standard methodology of the PBR, developed by the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) is followed pan India. PBR is being prepared by the BMC in consultation with the local people.

A standard PBR consists of the followings:

The PBR keep an account of the area's bio-resources and local people's knowledge regarding the resources pertaining to the status, usage, history, changing trends of availability, forces driving such changes, the advantage and disadvantage in the process and also their perception regarding management of the resources. This record acts as an important base for initiating further steps regarding not only for conservation, but also promoting management in harvesting, marketing of bio resources and benefit sharing thereon based on these resources as well as its associated knowledge. Most importantly, the PBRs have to be updated with the passage of time.

Status of PBRs in West Bengal

District/Zilla Parishad

 Block / Panchayat Samiti

Gram Panchayet

Urban Local bodies


Total No. BMC 22 342 3341 125 3830
Preparation of PBR 22 342 3341 125 3830


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Application for accessing bio-resources and / or associated traditional knowledge for commercial utilization

As per the Section -7 of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, accessing bio-resources and associated traditional knowledge of the state of West Bengal requires prior intimation to the West Bengal Biodiversity Board. The intimation to the Board should be given in specified format (Form-I & Form-A) along with requisite Application Fee.