The National Biodiversity Conference (NBC), hosted by the Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) and the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA), will be inaugurated by Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor at Kanakakunnu Palace here on Thursday evening.
The four-day conference is expected to be attended by more than 300 delegates from all over the country. The theme of the NBC-2012 is ‘Biodiversity and Food Security.’ Paper presentations and lectures will be conducted by experts in the field of biodiversity at the conference. Sam Pitroda, the Advisor to Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovation, will take part in the inaugural session of the congress through video conferencing.
KSBB chairman Oommen V Oommen will welcome the gathering at the inaugural ceremony and NBA chairman Balakrishna Pishupati will preside over the function. Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister, R Chidambaram, and Principal Secretary of Environment Department James Varghese will also be present.