New Delhi, January 6 (IANS): Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav said on Thursday that tribal and other local communities who cultivate or engage in other activities for their livelihood should be exempted from the biodiversity law in order to find a balance between the development of the local community and the conservation of biodiversity.

“The Biodiversity Law will be implemented to put more emphasis on the interest of the local community and to encourage research in the field of biodiversity in order to make the necessary changes in policies to ensure more access and benefit-sharing (ABS), “Yadav said, adding:” We need to encourage investments for sustainable use with the regulations needed to increase the ABS fund, which can be used for biodiversity conservation and improving the local community. “

The minister was speaking at the two-day South Asian consultation meeting on the “post-2020 global biodiversity framework” held here in a hybrid fashion.

With its human population of over 1.97 billion and its great biological diversity, South Asia faces formidable development challenges and obstacles, which are magnified by low socio-economic status and the presence of heavily dependent communities. natural resources, he said.

The meeting brought together representatives of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan in addition to representatives of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Montreal; the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Washington; French Embassy in New Delhi; UNDP-India; IUCN offices in Canada and Singapore; National Geographic; and Campaign for Nature, Montreal, said a statement from the Department of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.

Yadav said India subscribes to the theory and practice of green infrastructure development and “development with design”, especially in the linear infrastructure sector which “we are building to promote economic development, conservation and sustainability. connectivity ”and asserted that“ conservation is integrated into all sectors of economic development according to the philosophy of Development Without Destruction ”.

The Minister said that India has joined more than 75 countries which are part of the 30 by 30 High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature and People. In South Asia, Pakistan and the Maldives have also joined in.