The Biological Diversity Act `2003

An Act to provide for conservation of biological diversity, sustainable use of its components and fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the use of biological resources, knowledge and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
2003
List of Chapters & Sections
  1. All sections

  2. 1
     Short title, extent and commencement
  3. 2
     Definitions
  4. 3
     Certain persons not to undertake Biodiversity related activities without approval of National Biodiversity Authority
  5. 4
     Results of research not to be transferred to certain persons without approval of National Biodiversity Authority
  6. 5
     Sections 3 and 4 not to apply to certain collaborative research projects
  7. 6
     Application for intellectual property rights not to be made without approval of National Biodiversity Authority
  8. 7
     Prior intimation to State Biodiversity Board for obtaining biological resource for certain purposes
  9. 8
     Establishment of National Biodiversity Authority
  10. 9
     Conditions of service of Chairperson and members
  11. 10
     Chairperson to be Chief Executive of National Biodiversity Authority
  12. 11
     Removal of members
  13. 12
     Meetings of National Biodiversity Authority
  14. 13
     Committees of National Biodiversity Authority
  15. 14
     Officers and employees of National Biodiversity Authority
  16. 15
     Authentication of orders and decisions of National Biodiversity Authority
  17. 16
     Delegation of powers
  18. 17
     Expenses of National Biodiversity Authority to be defrayed out of the Consolidated Fund of India
  19. 18
     Functions and powers of National Biodiversity Authority
  20. 19
     Approval by National Biodiversity Authority for undertaking certain activities
  21. 20
     Transfer of biological resource or knowledge
  22. 21
     Determination of equitable benefit sharing by National Biodiversity Authority
  23. 22
     Establishment of State Biodiversity Board
  24. 23
     Functions of State Biodiversity Board
  25. 24
     Power of State Biodiversity Board to restrict certain activities violating the objectives of conservation, etc
  26. 25
     Provisions of sections 9 to 17 to apply with modifications to State Biodiversity Board
  27. 26
     Grants or loans by the Central Government
  28. 27
     Constitution of National Biodiversity Fund
  29. 28
     Annual report of National Biodiversity Authority
  30. 29
     Budget, accounts and audit
  31. 30
     Annual report to be laid before Parliament
  32. 31
     Grants of money by State Government to State Biodiversity Board
  33. 32
     Constitution of State Biodiversity Fund
  34. 33
     Annual report of State Biodiversity Board
  35. 34
     Audit of accounts of State Biodiversity Board
  36. 35
     Annual report of State Biodiversity Board to be laid before State Legislature
  37. 36
     Central Government to develop National strategies, plans, etc., for conservation, etc., of biological diversity
  38. 37
     Biodiversity heritage sites
  39. 38
     Power of Central Government to notify threatened species
  40. 39
     Power of Central Government to designate repositories
  41. 40
     Power of Central Government to exempt certain biological resources
  42. 41
     Constitutions of Biodiversity Management Committees
  43. 42
     Grants to Local Biodiversity Fund
  44. 43
     Constitution of Local Biodiversity Fund
  45. 44
     Application of Local Biodiversity Fund
  46. 45
     Annual report of Biodiversity Management Committees
  47. 46
     Audit of accounts of Biodiversity Management Committees
  48. 47
     Annual report, etc., of Biodiversity Management Committee to be submitted to District Magistrate
  49. 48
     National Biodiversity Authority to be bound by the directions given by Central Government
  50. 49
     Power of State Government to give directions
  51. 50
     Settlement of disputes between State Biodiversity Boards
  52. 51
     Members, officers, etc., of National Biodiversity Authority and State Biodiversity Board deemed to be public servants
  53. 52
     Appeal
  54. 52A
     Appeal to National Green Tribunal
  55. 53
     Execution of determination or order
  56. 54
     Protection of action taken in good faith
  57. 55
     Penalties
  58. 56
     Penalty for contravention for directions or orders of Central Government, State Government, National Biodiversity Authority and State Biodiversity Boards
  59. 57
     Offences by companies
  60. 58
     Offences to be cognizable and non-bailable
  61. 59
     Act to have effect in addition to other Acts
  62. 60
     Power of Central Government to give directions to State Government
  63. 61
     Cognizance of offences
  64. 62
     Power of Central Government to make rules
  65. 63
     Power of State Government to make rules
  66. 64
     Power to make regulations
  67. 65
     Power to remove difficulties