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International Day for Biological Diversity on 22nd May, themed OUR BIODIVERSITY, OUR FOOD, OUR HEALTH…

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Proclaimed by the United Nations, The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) is celebrated on May 22 to raise awareness of biodiversity issues.

International Day for Biological Diversity 2019

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity announced this year’s theme as “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health”.

“The theme aims to leverage knowledge and spread awareness of the dependency of our food systems, nutrition, and health on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems,” the website states.

The press release gives further background information:

In the last 100 years, more than 90 percent of crop varieties have disappeared from farmers’ fields. Half of the breeds of many domestic animals have been lost, and all of the world’s 17 main fishing grounds are now being fished at or above their sustainable limits. Locally-varied food production systems are under threat, including related indigenous, traditional and local knowledge. With this decline, agrobiodiversity is disappearing, and also essential knowledge of traditional medicine and local foods. The loss of diverse diets is directly linked to diseases or health risk factors, such as diabetes, obesity and malnutrition, and has a direct impact on the availability of traditional medicines.

Join the IDF2019 movement and submit your activity for the conservation of biodiversty

If you have activity plans for the celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity, you are invited to register your activities here so that they are included in the IDB2019 celebrations page.

Public Note from the CBD Secretariat:

The CBD Secretariat encourages all Parties to the Convention and all organizations that deal in some way with the issue to organize activities and events to celebrate the IDB and to take advantage of it to raise public awareness, and to showcase their work on biodiversity and related achievements.
If you are an individual you can also organize an activity yourself in your community, here are some ideas. Every person can make a difference!

recommended hashtags: #IDB2019