International Day for Biological Diversity

Wednesday, 22 May, 2019



The United Nations proclaimed May 22nd as the International Day for Biological Diversity to raise understanding and consciousness for biodiversity issues. Although there is a growing recognition that biological diversity is a global asset of incredible value to present and future generations, the numberof species is being significantly reduced by human activities.

This year’s theme Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health! focuses on biodiversity as the foundation for our food and health and as a key catalyst to transforming food systems and improving human well-being.

The IPBS global assessment reveals that the last century has witnessed more than 90 per cent of the crop varieties and half of the breeds of domestic animals being wiped out. Furthermore, all the world’s 17 main fishing grounds are now being fished at or above their sustainable limits and locally-varied food production systems are under threat.

The theme of this year aims to leverage knowledge and spread awareness of the dependency of our food systems, nutrition, and health on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. It also celebrates the diversity provided by our natural systems for human existence and well-being on Earth, while contributing to other Sustainable Development Goals, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, ecosystems restoration, cleaner water and zero hunger, among others.

We are inviting you to join the action and to be an actor of the change by;

  • Reduce your meat consumption
  • Eat and purchase seasonal and local foods
  • Reduce your food waste
  • Compost your food scraps
  • Reduce food packaging by using reusable bags or reusing glass jars or containers
  • Avoid single-use plastics like plastic straws, coffee cups, plastic cutlery, take out containers or plastic water bottles

"Biological diversity is vital for human health and well-being. I urge all -- governments, businesses and civil society -- to take urgent action to protect and sustainably manage the fragile and vital web of life on our one and only planet." -- UN Secretary-General António Guterres

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