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Biodiversity exhibition train for COP 11 receives over 1 mn visitors

Oct 22, 2012

Science Express: Biodiversity Special, a mobile biodiversity exhibition train, is on a mission to create massive awareness on biodiversity in India. Showcased as the brand ambassador for biodiversity by the Minister of Environment & Forests Jayanthi Natarajan; the train shares the policies, law and various initiatives aimed at conservation of country’s rich bio-cultural heritage.

Science Express: Biodiversity Special

This is a unique state-of-the-art exhibition train that brings biodiversity awareness to cross section of people, particularly, children and youth as it travels across the country. Rich biodiversity of the country in different coaches are organised, bio-geographic zone wise, and includes wild, domesticated, marine, microbial life forms, biodiversity and livelihoods, impact of climate change, and highlights the challenges for the conservation. It also shares the policies, law and program/initiatives of partners, aimed at conservation of country's rich bio-cultural heritage.

The express has been able to create unprecedented public awareness on biodiversity across the country. Till date, over 1.8 million people, including 500000 students 25000 teachers from 5000 schools have been able to visit and enjoy one of the most interesting mobile exhibitions on wheels. Over 4 lakh people visited the express at Kazipet and Secunderabad. The express was stationed at Secunderabad to coincide with the express will be on its onward journey and will eventually travel over 18,000 km in the first phase to cover 55 locations. It is expected to be visited by more than 3 million visitors, much higher than the envisaged target of 2 million.

That the Conference Brand Ambassador has halted at Secunderabad, during full duration of the conference and has been visited by over 2.5 lakhs visitors thus contributing to unprecedented awareness on biodiversity issues. The express has been greeted with great deal of enthusiasm by the international delegates attending the CoP.

Making of the unique brand ambassador has been a collaborative initiative of the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) & Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, with engagement of large number of knowledge partners.

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