International Day for Biological Diversity

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The International Day for Biological Diversity (or World Biodiversity Day) is a United Nations–sanctioned international day for the promotion of biodiversity issues. It is currently held on May 22.[1]

From its creation by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in 1993 until 2000, it was held on December 29 to celebrate the day the Convention on Biological Diversity went into effect. On December 20, 2000,[2] the date was shifted to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on May 22, 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit, and partly to avoid the many other holidays that occur in late December.[3]

Activities[edit]

Coinciding with the observance of International Day for Biological Diversity, on May 2011 Indonesian Forestry Minister inaugurated the Ciwalen Canopy Trail that is 120 meters long and 60 meters wide at an elevation of 30–40 meters above the ground at Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park, West Java to accommodate 5 to 10 people in one trip.[4]

The 2014 theme of Island Biodiversity was chosen because islands provide a rich source of biodiversity for plants, animals, fish and forestry products. Many indigenous fruits and green leafy vegetables are rich in micronutrients. According to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, two out of every three deaths can be attributed to Non-communicable diseases (NCDs). These can result from a change in diets linked to consumption of highly processed imported products, while local crop species are abandoned or reduced in the local diet. As a consequence, island representatives meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in May, 2014 stressed that serious consideration should be given to more research and policy action with the aim of increasing diet diversity.[5]

Theme[edit]

2014 - Island Biodiversity

2013 - Water and Biodiversity

2012 - Marine Biodiversity

2011 - Forest Biodiversity

2010 - Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation

2009 - Invasive Alien Species

2008 - Biodiversity and Agriculture

2007 - Biodiversity and Climate Change

2006 - Protect Biodiversity in Drylands

2005 - Biodiversity: Life Insurance for our Changing World

2004 - Biodiversity: Food, Water and Health for All

2003 - Biodiversity and poverty alleviation - challenges for sustainable development

2002 - Dedicated to forest biodiversity

References[edit]

   6. "Considering Man's Place in the World," May 22, 2014, http://smdp.com/considering-mans-place-in-the-world/134683

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