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World Biodiversity Day

22 May

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) - informally called the World Biodiversity Day - to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.


In 2016, the international community focussed on the theme,
"Mainstreaming Biodiversity: Sustaining People and their Livelihoods"
Biodiversity is the foundation for life and for the essential services provided by ecosystems. It therefore underpins peoples’ livelihoods and sustainable development in all areas of activity, including economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism, among others. By halting biodiversity loss, we are investing in people, their lives and their well-being.

The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 13) to be held in Cancun, Mexico from 4 to 17 December 2016 will focus on the mainstreaming of biodiversity within and across sectors, which is closely linked to this year’s IDB theme.


GDRC has been working on themes related to this international day/observance, in its programme on Sustainable Development

GDRC therefore reaffirms its committment to uphold the objectives of the International Biological Diversity Day, and work towards better understanding of, and action on, promoting the role of biodiversity in sustainable development.


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