International Day for Biological Diversity

“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.  

 Biodiversity at the Heart of SNRD Asia

One of the core issues at the epicenter of SNRD Asia are biodiversity and nature conservation. Through the function of a Working Group on Biodiversity, we have been actively engaged on a number of regional efforts with regards to conservation and promotion of the topics. The Working Group connects professionals in more than 10 South and Southeast Asian countries working on the conservation of biodiversity in a variety of ecosystems and contexts.  Supported by the Tandem-Partners in GIZ headquarters, the Working Group promotes the exchange and discussion the latest scientific knowledge and initiatives on biodiversity.

The collaboration of its members is organised through a set of sub-working groups dealing with the following fields of interest:

  • Protected Areas and Protected Area Governance 
  • Ecosystem Services

Learn more about the work of the Working Group, at snrd-asia.org/what-we-do/biodiversity/ 

 Celebrations around the world!

Source: www.un.org/en/events/biodiversityday/resources.shtml