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Massive arrangement going on in City for The Conference on Biodiversity
More than 8,000 delegates from 193 countries are expected to participate
Biodiversity Park, Museum & Pylon to be established for COP-11

Hyderabad|India|September '2012: The Chief Minister Mr N Kiran Kumar directed the officials to see that all arrangements are perfectly in place well before the Conference of Parties (COP-11)--the global biodiversity conference begins.

The Chief Minister reiterated the point that common people including the staff of the IT companies etc working and residing in the vicinity of the Conference venue should not be put to any inconvenience. They should be given alternative routes to travel and there should be clear directions in this regard.

The Conference on Biodiversity (CBD) Secretariat, officials of the Government of India and Andhra Pradesh will play the main role and they will guide the main activities. Officials from the Government of India thanked the Chief Minister for the guidance and interest shown by him and for the unstinted cooperation of the State Government officials and said the GoI is extremely appreciative of the work done so far.

The GoI officials said that Prime Minister Dr Man Mohan Singh will be the chief guest on the 17th of October and Union Minister of Environment and Forests and Communications will attend the meet. A commemorative stamp is also likely to be released on the occasion. Delegates from about 190 countries and Heads of Governments and Ministers from various countries are likely to participate. At least there will be 5,000 delegates attending the conference on an average everyday. There will be a large media centre and publications will also be brought out on the occasion.

The Chief Minister released special brochures, booklets and posters on the Biodiversity conference.

The Chief Minister asked the GoI officials to quickly provide full details about the delegations participating in the Conference since time left is very short. He said since 2nd October is Gandhi Jayanti, there should be some unique programme at the Conference to commemorate the occasion. The Chief Minister asked the GHMC, R&B and other departments to work on war footing to complete the road works and storm water drains etc.

The Chief Minister said the cultural programmes to be staged during the conference should reflect the unity and diversity of the country. He said he will also address the special volunteers being trained for the occasion. The GHMC Commissioner said that 120 kms of road in and around the conference are being repaired and re-carpeted. He also said that murals are being carved on the pillars of the flyovers, traffic islands, junctions and sidewalks are being improved and spruced up.

The Chief Minister said that whatever works are being taken up should be of permanent nature so that Hyderabad city looks brighter after the conference also and the improvements done will be useful to the citizens. He said security should be of utmost importance.

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.

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 Operationalisation of Nagoya Protocol.

In pursuance of the Chief Minister's decision in the meeting held on 3.3.2012, the State Government have constituted 10 Nodal Committees, duly assigning certain functions to be performed. The committees constituted are: Reception, Accommodation, Food & Protocol Committee, Transport Committee, Security Committee, City Beautification & Upkeep Committee, Cultural Committee, Exhibition Committee, Media Committee, Medical and Health facilities Committee, Side Events Committee and Venue and Stage Preparation Committee.

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has taken a very pro-active role and released an additional amount of Rs.253.50 crore to 12 Departments besides meeting the balance Rs.203.50 crores from their internal budget out of total requirement of Rs.456 crores.

The State Government allotted 15 acres of land in APIIC layout, Gachibowli to EFS&T department after resumption from APIIC for Pylon, Biodiversity Museum & Park. The Pylon work will be completed by 1st week of October in this place. The Chief Minister wanted it to be completed by September, 15th. The Chief Minister has already inspected the Site.

About 300 to 400 rare and endangered plant species procured for getting planted by VVIPs during Conference in these proposed Biodiversity Park. Forest Department is establishing a separate Biodiversity park in 10 acres at Dulapally Reserve Forests. Preparatory works of site cleaning, pitting and procuring of plants are done.

A World class Museum on Biodiversity will be established here. Government of India conveyed in principle its acceptance on 28.8.2012. They are tying up funds under Central sector scheme and taking up the matter with Planning Commission at the cost of Rs.100 crores. A master plan for establishing Pylon, Museum and Biodiversity Park will be completed in 3 days by APSBB and APIIC.

National flags of participating countries shall be displayed near Airport all around the venue and inside the venue. A decision may be taken soon on this. Science Express (Biodiversity Special_ - A mobile exhibition on wheels) i.e. biodiversity train was flagged off in New Delhi on 5.6.2012. It will reach Secunderabad on 9th October 2012 and stay up to 19th parked at James Street Railway Station for display.

Planning Commission sanctions 300 Crores for Bio -Diversity Conference in City

-Sept'2012

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