Biological Diversity

International Day for Biological Diversity

MNA Feature Desk: The Convention on Biological Diversity is celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22, 2018, with the theme “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity”.

The celebration comes with an aim to highlight the progress made in the achievement of its objectives at the national and global levels on biodiversity.

The aim to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity is to make people aware of the importance of biodiversity issues. The United Nation had declared May 22 as the International Day for Biological Diversity.

In a release, the Secretary General, United Nations said, “The Convention has three goals: the global conservation of biodiversity, its sustainable use and the equitable sharing of its benefits. Achieving these objectives is integral to meet our goals for sustainable development. Protecting and restoring ecosystems and ensuring access to ecosystem services are necessary for the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger. Reducing deforestation and land degradation and enhancing carbon stocks in forests, drylands, rangelands and croplands are needed for mitigating climate change. And protecting the biodiversity of forests and watersheds supports clean and plentiful water supplies. These are just some of the benefits of biodiversity. Yet, despite this understanding, biodiversity loss continues around the globe. The answer is to intensify efforts and build on successes.”

“This year, Parties to the Convention will begin work on a new action plan to ensure that, by 2050, biodiversity is valued, conserved, restored and wisely used for the benefit of all people. The entire world needs to join this effort. On this International Day for Biological Diversity, I urge governments, businesses and people everywhere to act to protect the nature that sustains us. Our collective future depends on it,’’ the released said.

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