International Day for Biological Diversity (World Biodiversity Day)

Date: May 22

Organized By: UN

Categories: General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance

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Every year May 22 is observed as the International Day for Biological Diversity (or World Biodiversity Day). This day is observed to address the biodiversity issues.

From 1993 to 2000 this day was observed on December 29, the day on which the Convention on Biological Diversity went into effect. On December 20, 2000, the date was shifted to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on May 22, 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit.


2017: Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism

2016: Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods

2015: Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

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

Actions and Programs

The celebration of the day is based on a theme chosen for that year. Many programs are conducted across the world internationally, nationally and locally. The programs conducted on this day aims to increase the understanding of the important role of biodiversity in our future. The programs include visiting a farmer market, enjoying all the different types of life your local area offers, exhibitions, seminars, movies showing environmental issues, planting trees, programs to preserve endangered species, etc.


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