Basic Information International Day for Biological Diversity
International Day for Biological Diversity also known as World Biodiversity Day is an annual event observed on May 22 to address the biodiversity issues.
Observed on: May 22
Organized by: UN
Introduced in: 1993
About World Biodiversity Day
Every year May 22 is observed as the International Day for Biological Diversity (or World Biodiversity Day). This day is observed to address the biodiversity issues.
From 1993 to 2000 this day was observed on December 29, the day on which the Convention on Biological Diversity went into effect. On December 20, 2000, the date was shifted to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on May 22, 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit.
Activities and Programs on World Biodiversity Day
The celebration of the day is based on a theme chosen for that year. Many programs are conducted across the world internationally, nationally and locally. The programs conducted on this day aims to increase the understanding of the important role of biodiversity in our future. The programs include visiting a farmer market, enjoying all the different types of life your local area offers, exhibitions, seminars, movies showing environmental issues, planting trees, programs to preserve endangered species, etc.
Theme for World Biodiversity Day
World Biodiversity Day 2020 Theme is “Sustaining all life on Earth“
International Day for Biological Diversity 2019 Theme was “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health”
International Day for Biological Diversity 2018 Theme was “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity“
2017 Theme: Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism
2016 Theme: Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods
2015 Theme: Biodiversity for Sustainable Development
2014 Theme: Island Biodiversity
2013 Theme: Water and Biodiversity
2012 Theme: Marine Biodiversity
2011 Theme: Forest Biodiversity
2010 Theme: Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation
2009 Theme: Invasive Alien Species
2008 Theme: Biodiversity and Agriculture
2007 Theme: Biodiversity and Climate Change
2006 Theme: Protect Biodiversity in Drylands
2005 Theme: Biodiversity – Life Insurance for our Changing World
2004 Theme: Biodiversity – Food, Water and Health for All
2003 Theme: Biodiversity and poverty alleviation – challenges for sustainable development
2002 Theme: Dedicated to forest biodiversity