“Biodiversity underpins all (…) ecosystem functions and benefits essential to human well-being, not only in terms of our economies, but also for our health, food security, prevention of natural hazards, and our cultural roots,”
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, 2015
The 2017 International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) will be celebrated under the theme, ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’. The theme, indicated by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), coincides with the designation of 2017 by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
Celebration of the IDB under this theme is mean to raise awareness and action towards the important contribution of sustainable tourism both to economic growth and to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
The selected theme is also expected to contribute to ongoing initiatives such as the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns and to promote the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development.