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Title: Village-level committees to boost indexing of natural resources
Source:The Times of India
Date:13 September 2017

The formation of biodiversity management committees (BMCs) at village-level in Goa spells hope for recording the wisdom, expertise and knowledge passed down through the ages, while also spurring an inventory of flora and fauna, and heritage and historical sites for the benefit of future generations. Village BMCs compiling PBRs have multiple benefits for the environment, society and communities. The documentation will also prove to be a boon for authorities seeking geographical indication status (GIS) for various natural assets. This, in turn, can ensure conservation of biodiversity through sustainable utilisation and ensure equitable sharing of benefits among local people.

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