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
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
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
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
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.
sanctions 300 Crores for Bio -Diversity Conference in City