Like Minded Megadiverse Countries
India recognizes the urgent need to develop human resources, capabilities, and legal and public policy to enable countries rich in biodiversity to take an active part in the new economy associated with the use of biological diversity and biotechnology.
In this context, 17 countries rich in biological diversity and associated traditional knowledge have formed a group which is known as the Like Minded Megadiverse Countries (LMMCs).
The 17 countries are as follows:
Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, and Venezuela.
The LMMC group holds 60-70% of all biodiversity of the world. It is now well recognized as an important negotiating block in the UN and other international fora.