Ministry of Law and Justice
(Legislative Department)

New Delhi, the 5th February, 2003

The Biological Diversity Act, 2002
Full Text [html], [pdf], and [word]

No. 18 of 2003

[5th February, 2003]

Sr. No. Description of the clause Files
1 The Biological Diversity Act [html] [pdf] [word]

CHAPTER I

PRELIMINARY

Sr. No. Description of the clause Files
1 Short title, extent and commencement [html] [pdf] [word]
2 Definitions [html] [pdf] [word]

CHAPTER II

Regulation of Access TO Biological Diversity

Sr. No. Description of the clause Files
3 Certain persons not to undertake Biodiversity related activities without approval of National Biodiversity Authority [html] [pdf] [word]
4 Results of research not to be transferred to certain persons without approval of National Biodiversity Authority [html] [pdf] [word]
5 Sections 3 and 4 not to apply to certain collaborative research projects [html] [pdf] [word]
6 Application for intellectual- property rights not to be made without approval of National Biodiversity Authority [html] [pdf] [word]
7 Prior intimation to State Biodiversity Board for obtaining biological resource for certain purposes [html] [pdf] [word]

CHAPTER III

National Biodiversity Authority

Sr. No. Description of the clause Files
8 Establishment of National Biodiversity Authority [html] [pdf] [word]
9 Conditions of service of Chairperson and Members [html] [pdf] [word]
10 Chairperson to be Chief Executive of National Biodiversity Authority [html] [pdf] [word]
11 Removal of members [html] [pdf] [word]
12 Meetings of National Biodiversity Authority [html] [pdf] [word]
13 Committees of National Biodiversity Authority [html] [pdf] [word]
14 Officers and employees of National Biodiversity Authority [html] [pdf] [word]
15 Authentication of orders and decisions of National Biodiversity Authority [html] [pdf] [word]
16 Delegation of powers [html] [pdf] [word]
17 Expenses of National Biodiversity Authority to be defrayed out of the Consolidated Fund of India [html] [pdf] [word]

CHAPTER IV

Functions and powers of the National Biodiversity Authority

Sr. No. Description of the clause Files
18 Functions and powers of National Biodiversity Authority [html] [pdf] [word]

CHAPTER V

Approval by the National Biodiversity Authority

Sr. No. Description of the clause Files
19

Approval by National Biodiversity Authority for undertaking certain activities

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20 Transfer of biological resource or knowledge [html] [pdf] [word]
21 Determination of equitable benefit sharing by National Biodiversity Authority [html] [pdf] [word]

CHAPTER VI

State Biodiversity Board

Sr. No. Description of the clause Files
22 Establishment of State Biodiversity Board [html] [pdf] [word]
23 Functions of State Biodiversity Board [html] [pdf] [word]
24 Power of State Biodiversity Board to restrict certain activities violating the objectives of conservation, etc. [html] [pdf] [word]
25 Provisions of sections 9 to 17 to apply with modifications to State Biodiversity Board [html] [pdf] [word]

CHAPTER VII

Finance, accounts and audit of National Biodiversity Authority

Sr. No. Description of the clause Files
26 Grants or loans by the Central Government [html] [pdf] [word]
27 Constitution of National Biodiversity Fund [html] [pdf] [word]
28 Annual report of National Biodiversity Authority [html] [pdf] [word]
29 Budget, accounts and audit [html] [pdf] [word]
30 Annual report to be laid before Parliament [html] [pdf] [word]

CHAPTER VIII

Finance, Accounts And Audit of State Biodiversity Board

Sr. No. Description of the clause Files
31 Grant of money by State Government to State Biodiversity Board [html] [pdf] [word]
32 Constitution of State Biodiversity Fund [html] [pdf] [word]
33 Annual report of State Biodiversity Board [html] [pdf] [word]
34 Audit of accounts of State Biodiversity Board [html] [pdf] [word]
35 Annual report of State Biodiversity Board to be laid before State Legislature [html] [pdf] [word]

CHAPTER IX

Duties of the Central and the State Governments

Sr. No. Description of the clause Files
36 Central Government to develop National strategies, plans, etc., for conservation, etc., of biological diversity [html] [pdf] [word]
37 Biodiversity heritage sites [html] [pdf] [word]
38 Power of Central Government to notify threatened species [html] [pdf] [word]
39 Power of Central Government to designate repositories [html] [pdf] [word]
40

Power of Central Government to exempt certain biological resources

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CHAPTER X

    Biodiversity Management Committees

Sr. No. Description of the clause Files
41 Constitution of Biodiversity Management Committees [html] [pdf] [word]

    CHAPTER XI

    Local Biodiversity Fund

Sr. No. Description of the clause Files
42 Grants to Local Biodiversity Fund [html] [pdf] [word]
43 Constitution of Local Biodiversity Fund [html] [pdf] [word]
44 Application of Local Biodiversity Fund [html] [pdf] [word]
45 Annual report of Biodiversity Management Committees [html] [pdf] [word]
46 Audit of accounts of Biodiversity Management Committees [html] [pdf] [word]
47 Annual report of Biodiversity Management Committee to be submitted to District Magistrate [html] [pdf] [word]

    CHAPTER XII

    MISCELLANEOUS

Sr. No. Description of the clause Files
48 National Biodiversity Authority to be bound by the directions given by Central Government [html] [pdf] [word]
49 Power of State Government to give directions [html] [pdf] [word]
50 Settlement of disputes between State Biodiversity Boards [html] [pdf] [word]
51 Members, officers, etc., of National Biodiversity Authority and State Biodiversity Board deemed to be public servants [html] [pdf] [word]
52 Appeal [html] [pdf] [word]
53 Execution of determination or order [html] [pdf] [word]
54

Protection of action taken in good faith

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55 Penalties [html] [pdf] [word]
56 Penalty for contravention of directions or orders of Central Government, State Government, National Biodiversity Authority and State Biodiversity Boards [html] [pdf] [word]
57 Offences by companies [html] [pdf] [word]
58 Offences to be cognizable and non-bailable [html] [pdf] [word]
59 Act to have effect in addition to other Acts [html] [pdf] [word]
60 Power of Central Government to give directions to State Government [html] [pdf] [word]
61 Cognizance of offences [html] [pdf] [word]
62 Power of Central Government to make rules [html] [pdf] [word]
63 Power of State Government to make rules [html] [pdf] [word]
64 Power to make regulations [html] [pdf] [word]
65 Power to remove difficulties [html] [pdf] [word]

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