Jammu and Kashmir  Biodiversity  Council  has  been constituted vide Government Order No.          815-JK(GAD) of 2020 dated 02-09-2020 which is given as:-

A) Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (HoFF), J&K Chairman
B) Ex-officio Members:-  
1. Director, Forest Research Institute, J&K Member Secretary
2. Chief Wildlife Warden, J&K Member
3. Representative of Department of Forest, Ecology & Environment (not below the rank of Additional Secretary) Member
4. Representative of Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (not below the rank of Additional Secretary) Member
5. Representative of Department Agriculture Production and Farmers Welfare (not below the rank of Additional Secretary) Member
C) Non-Official Members:-  
1. Dr. C. M. Seth, IFS (Retd.),
Eminent Wildlife Expert.
2. Dr. Om Prakash Sharma, IFS (Retd.),
Eminent Biodiversity Expert.
3. Professor Geeta Sumbli (Retd.),
Mushroom Expert.
4. Dr. Anzar Khuroo (Botanist),
Department of Botany,
University of Kashmir.
5. Dr. Sushil Verma, Division of Biodiversity,
Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University,


The Terms of reference of the Council shall be as under :-

  1. The Council shall function as per the provisions of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 (Central Act 18 of 2003) and the Biological Diversity Rules, 2004;

  2. The Council shall constitute a fund, after concurrence of the Finance Department which shall be known as "Jammu and Kashmir Biodiversity Council Fund" and all the fees , charges and benefit sharing amount  received by the Council shall be credited to it. The amount so received in the Fund shall be used only for the purposes mentioned in Section 27(2) of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002;

  3. The Council shall perform the functions within the jurisdiction of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir;

  4. The Council shall, in consultation with the National Biodiversity Authority, notify the format and procedures for seeking approvals as required under Section 7 of the Act.


Prior to reorganization in erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, J&K State Biodiversity Board had been constituted vide SRO-57 dated 19-02-2013 under Section -22 (1) of Biodiversity Act, 2002 with its headquarters at J&K State Forest Research Institute.

The Chairperson and members for the JKSBB were appointed vide SRO-58 dated 20-02-2013 with Chief Secretary as Chairperson and Administrative Secretaries of Forest Department &Agriculture Production Department, Pr. CCF & Chief Wildlife Warden as Ex-officio members. Director SFRI was appointed as Member Secretary. Five expert members were also nominated.