Biodiversity Heritage Sites (BHS)

Biodiversity Heritage Sites are rich Biodiversity Areas and are important components of local ecosystems which are being conserved and managed by the society. As per provision under Section 37(1) of ‘Biological Diversity Act, 2002’, The State Government may, from time to time in consultation with the local bodies, notify in the Official Gazette, areas of biodiversity importance as biodiversity heritage sites under this Act.

Likewise, as per provision under Rule 22(1) of ‘Rajasthan Biological Diversity Rules, 2010’, the Board shall, in consultation with the local bodies and other key stakeholders, take necessary steps to notify areas of significant bio-diversity values as Heritage Sites. On recommendation of the Board, after consultation with the Central Government, the State Government may issue notification to this effect.

In the first phase, following sites have been selected to be notified as ‘Biodiversity Heritage Sites’:

i.        Akal wood fossil Park, Jaisalmer. 

ii.        Keora-ki-nal, Udaipur.

iii.        Ram-kunda, Udaipur.

iv.        Nag-pahar, Ajmer. 

v.        Chhapoli- Mansa Mata, Jhunjhunu. 

Guide lines for the management, conservation and other aspects of ‘Heritage Sites’ will be framed at the level of the Board and will be submitted for approval in the next Board meeting.

Approval of guidelines for development of ‘Biodiversity Heritage Sites in Minutes of the 5th meeting held on 22.11.2012:-

The Board members desired that they will give their suggestions on the guidelines for development of ‘Biodiversity Heritage Sites’ within a period of 15 days. It was requested that their suggestions should reach this Board, either by email or by post, latest by 10th December, 2012 so that the guidelines are framed and circulated in time. 

 

Preparation of Management Plans of ‘Biodiversity Heritage Sites’ in Minutes of the 6th meeting held on 08.03.2013:-

It was decided in the Board meeting that out of the five provisionally selected Biodiversity Heritage Sites, the task of notification, this year, shall be initiated for Akal wood fossil park, Jaisalmer and Chhapoli-Mansa mata, Jhunjhunu. An amount of Rs. 1.00 Lac, for each site, shall be allotted initially to the concerning Deputy Conservator Forests for survey etc. and later on additional money shall be allotted for preparation of Management Plan, as per the actual requirement.  

            

Identification of Biodiversity Heritage Sites (BHS)  in Minutes of the 12th Meeting of the Rajasthan State Biodiversity Board held on April 20th, 2022.

The Board Members were informed that “Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan” has given memorandum for declaring seven orans in Jaisalmer, Barmer and Jodhpur districts, as Biodiversity Heritage Sites (BHS). Similar proposal for declaring Lohargal Pilgrim Area, which hosts a unique Arawali ecosystem, in Jhunjhunu district was also received from BMC Lohargal. RSBB has issued a letter dated 16.02.2021 to CCF, Jodhpur for preparing a proposal for these sites. The said proposal was received from CCF, Jodhpur on 02.03.2022 regarding declaration of seven orans as BHS. However, out of these seven proposals for BHS, three orans (Dhonk Oran, Eita Oran and Jakhan Oran) were considered as disputed sites by CCF, Jodhpur and hence unsuitable for declaring as BHS.

The 5 sites which are proposed for notification as Biodiversity Heritage Sites are as follows:

•      Ramdevra, Jaisalmer,

•      Sanvta, Jaisalmer,

•      Oonrod, Barmer,

•      Mungeria, Barmer and

•      Lohargal, Jhunjhunu.

These proposals have already been sent to Environment Department, Government of Rajasthan for further action.

The Board Members approved the proposal for declaration of 5 orans as Biodiversity Heritage sites.