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Biodiversity - Legal Acts & Rules

This page contains information related to acts, policies and schemes related to Biodiversity.

Biodiversity Act

Salient Provisions of Biological Diversity Act, 2002

  • Section - 3: All foreign national require approval from NBA for obtaining Biological Resources.
  • Section - 4: Indian individuals/entities to seek approval before transferring knowledge / research and material to foreigners.
  • Section - 5: Guidelines for Government sponsored collaborative research projects.
  • Section - 6: Prior approval of NBA before applying for any kind of IPR based on research conducted on biological material and or associated knowledge obtained from India.
  • Section - 7: Indians required to provide prior intimation to State Biodiversity Boards for obtaining biological material for commercial purposes. SBB can regulate such access. Growers and cultivators of Biological Diversity and vaids and hakims who are practicing Indian system of medicines and local people exempted.
  • Section - 8: Establishment of NBA, its composition.
  • Section - 13: Committees of NBA
  • Section - 18: Functions and powers of NBA
  • Section - 19: Approval by the NBA
  • Section - 21: Determination of equitable benefit sharing by NBA
  • Section - 22: Establishment of State Bio-diversity Boards
  • Section - 23: Function of the State Bio-diversity Boards
  • Section - 24: Powers of State Bio-diversity Boards
  • Section - 26 : National Biodiversity Fund
  • Section - 32: State Bio-diversity Fund
  • Section - 36: Central Government to develop National strategies, plans etc. for conservation of biodiversity.
  • Section - 36: (1A): Central Government to issue direction to State Governments to take corrective measures for conservation of biodiversity
  • Section - 36 (3)(i): Impact assessment of developmental projects on biodiversity
  • Section - 36 (3)(ii): Regulate release of GMOs
  • Section - 36 (4): Measures for protecting the traditional knowledge
  • Section - 37: Biodiversity heritage sites
  • Section - 38: Notifications of threatened species
  • Section - 39: Designation of repositories
  • Section-40: Exemption for normally traded commodities from purview of the act.
  • Section - 41: Establishment of Biodiversity Management Committees by local bodies.
  • Section - 42: Local Biodiversity Fund
  • Section - 52 A: Appeals to High Court on the decision of NBA / SBB
  • Section - 53 B: Orders of NBA / SBB at par with civil courts.
  • Section - 55: Penalties - imprisonment upto 5 years and or a fine of 10 lakhs or to the extent of damage caused.
  • Section - 59: Act to have effect in addition to other Acts
  • Section - 61: Cognizance of offences
  • Section - 62: Power of Central Government to make Rules
  • Section - 63: Power of State Government to make Rules
  • Section - 64: Power to make regulations
  • Section - 65: Power to remove difficulties

Short title, extent and commencement

  • This Act may be called the Biological Diversity Act, 2002.
  • It extends to the whole of India.
  • It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint:
  • Provided that different dates may be appointed for different provisions of this Act and any reference in any such provision to the commencement of this Act shall be construed as a reference to the coming into force of that provision.


In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-

(a) "benefit claimers" means the conservers of biological resources, their byproducts, creators and holders of knowledge and information relating to the use of such biological resources, innovations and practices associated with such use and application;
(b) "biological diversity" means the variability among living organisms from all sources and the ecological complexes of which they are part, and includes diversity within species or between species and of eco systems;
(c) "biological resources" means plants, animals and micro organisms or parts thereof, their genetic material and by products (excluding value added products) with actual or potential use or value, but does not include human genetic material;
(d) "bio survey and bio utilization" means survey or collection of species, subspecies, genes, components and extracts of biological resource for any purpose and includes characterization, inventorisation and bioassay;
(e) "Chairperson" means the Chairperson of the National Biodiversity Authority or, as the case may be, of the State Biodiversity Board;
(f) "commercial utilization" means end uses of biological resources for commercial utilization such as drugs, industrial enzymes, food flavours, fragrance, cosmetics, emulsifiers, oleoresins, colours, extracts and genes used for improving crops and livestock through genetic intervention, but does not include conventional breeding or traditional practices in use in any agriculture, horticulture, poultry, dairy farming, animal husbandry or bee keeping;
(g) "fair and equitable benefit sharing" means sharing of benefits as determined by the National Biodiversity Authority under section 21;
(h) "local bodies" means Panchayats and Municipalities, by whatever name called, within the meaning of clause (1) of article 243B and clause (1) of article 243Q of the Constitution and in the absence of any Panchayats or Municipalities, institutions of self government constituted under any other provision of the Constitution or any Central Act or State Act;
(i) "member" means a member of the National Biodiversity Authority or a State Biodiversity Board and includes the Chairperson;
(j) "National Biodiversity Authority" means the National Biodiversity Authority established under section 8;
(k) "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under this Act;
(l) "regulations" means regulations made under this Act;
(m) "research" means study or systematic investigation of any biological resource or technological application, that uses biological systems, living organisms or derivatives thereof to make or modify products or processes for any use;
(n) "State Biodiversity Board" means the State Biodiversity Board established under section 22;
(o) "sustainable use" means the use of components of biological diversity in such manner and at such rate that does not lead to the long term decline of the biological diversity thereby maintaining its potential to meet the needs and aspirations of present and future generations;
(p) "value added products" means products which may contain portions or extracts of plants and animals in unrecognizable and physically inseparable form.

Functions and Powers of the National Biodiversity Authority

  1. It shall be the duty of the National Biodiversity Authority to regulate activities referred to in sections 3, 4 and 6 and by regulations issue guidelines for access to biological resources and for fair and equitable benefit sharing.
  2. The National Biodiversity Authority may grant approval for undertaking any activity referred to in sections 3, 4 and 6.
  3. The National Biodiversity Authority may-
    (a) advise the Central Government on matters relating to the conservation of biodiversity, sustainable use of its components and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilization of biological resources;
    (b) advise the State Governments in the selection of areas of biodiversity importance to be notified under sub section (1) of section 37 as heritage sites and measures for the management of such heritage sites;
    (c) perform such other functions as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act.
  4. The National Biodiversity Authority may, on behalf of the Central Government, take any measures necessary to oppose the grant of intellectual property rights in any country outside India on any biological resource obtained from India or knowledge associated with such biological resource which is derived from India.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Biological Diversity Act, 2002

Source: National Biodiversity Authority(NBA)

Other Legal Acts

  1. Fisheries Act, 1897
  2. Destructive Insects and Pests Act, 1914
  3. The Indian Forest Act, 1927
  4. Agricultural Produce (Grading and Marketing) Act, 1937
  5. Indian Coffee Act, 1942
  6. Import and Export (Control) Act, 1947
  7. Rubber (Production and Marketing) Act, 1947
  8. Tea Act, 1953
  9. Mining and Mineral Development (Regulation) Act 1957
  10. Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1960
  11. Customs Act, 1962
  12. Spices Board Act, 1986
  13. Seeds Act, 1966
  14. The Patents Act, 1970
  15. Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972
  16. Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974
  17. Tobacco Board Act, 1975
  18. Territorial Water, Continental Shelf, Exclusive Economic Zone and other Maritime Zones Act, 1976
  19. Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Cess Act, 1977
  20. Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980
  21. Air (Prevention and control of Pollution) Act 1981
  22. Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act 1985/1986
  23. Environment (Protection) Act, 1986
  24. National Diary Development Board Act, 1987
  25. Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act, 1992
  26. Protection of Plant varieties and Farmer’s Rights (PPVFR) Act, 2001
  27. Biological Diversity  Act, 2002
  28. The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006
  29. Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006
  30. National Green Tribunal Act 2010


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