International Day for Biological Diversity, 2010

21-05-2010

Each year the International Day for Biological Diversity is celebrated on 22 May to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues and the importance of ecosystems and biodiversity for the wellbeing of humanity.

©The Great Plant Hunt

For 2010, the theme is ‘Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Reduction.’ It is a special occasion because 2010 is also the International Year of Biodiversity.

The International Day is organized simultaneously in over 50 countries around the world to educate a wide audience about the Convention on Biological Diversity and its objectives, and also to stimulate the political debate surrounding the preservation of natural resources and sustainability.

This International Day for Biological Diversity is also in line with the objectives of the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) in which biodiversity take a prominent place. Both the International Day and the Decade attempt to help people understand the impact of consumption patterns on biodiversity at local and global levels, to educate youth about their roles and responsibilities, to accelerate the education and training to prevent degradation and loss of habitat and species, as well as preventing pollution. 

The International Day emphasizes the importance of ecosystems for the wellbeing of individuals. For four weeks around 22 May, people in the 50 participating countries will be invited to explore and analyse a local ecosystem to demonstrate its value in a way that it is easily understood.

Among the events organized are: "Nature Capital", an initiative which will transform the Champs-Elysées in Paris (France) into an enormous garden on 22, 23 and 24 May. In the United Kingdom, a “Great Plant Hunt Week” is being organized from 17-22 May involving all primary schools. Children across the country will record the data of ten common plants and take photos of flowers. The data and images collected by the schools will contribute to research begun in the 1950s at  the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom. 

Related links :

"Nature Capital"  

UK: Great Plant Hunt Week (17-22 May)