If you are organising an event to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity, we encourage you to share your activities with us and everyone in your country. If you wish to see the information below in your official language, please send us a translation (.doc or .pdf) at iyb2010@cbd.int.

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Kenya

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National Celebrations

Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources

UNEP Regional Office for Africa Planned activities for the International Year of Biodiversity

  Display panels produced by the World Agroforestry Centre to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity in Kenya.

Dates and VenueEvent
21 March - 10 May 2010
Nairobi
Distribution of a special edition DVD of the Catalogue of Life 2010 Annual Checklist
10 - 21 May 2010
Nairobi
Confirmed
IYB Celebrations at SBSTTA 14
Organized by:
United Nations Environment Programme
19 - 21 May 2010
Nairobi
Confirmed
Ecological Conference: Climate Change and Natural Resource Use in Eastern Africa : Impacts, adaptations and mitigation
Organized by:
Ecological Society for Eastern Africa
24 - 28 May 2010
Nairobi
Confirmed
IYB Celebrations at WGRI 3
Organized by:
United Nations Environment Programme
5 June 2010
Nairobi
Confirmed
World Environment Day
Organized by:
United Nations Environment Programme
 
Music festivals in schools in Kenya start in April. This will provide a good opportunity to for children to compose poems both in Swahili and English and dances rich in a biodiversity message such as "stop biodiversity loss", "our biodiversity our pride" "rich biodiversity, rich culture". Winners could be invited to perform at UNEP major meetings in Nairobi throughout the lnternational Year of Biodiversity. The themes can also be structured as to suit the different biodiversity need in other African Countries where similar activities could be carried out.

Publication/Outreach materials
The third edition of Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3) will be launched on 10 May 2010 in Nairobi during the during the SBSTTA/WGRmeetings of CBD. Launch GBP-3 in at least one other country on 10 May 2010 and a wide distribution in Universities. Possibilities of unpackaging the information to fit various audiences including the youth and community based actors will be explored.

Traditional Medicine Fairs
Assist local communities to show case their traditional herbal medicine for variety of health problems. These Fairs would convey the message that biodiversity is linked to human health in a number of distinct ways. This will be done during the International Day of Biodiversity on 22 May 2010 in Kenya.

22 May 2010 - International Day of Biodiversity - Celebrations in Kenya.

Partners

The Global Invasive Species Programme

www.gisp.org
The Global Invasive Species Programme is an international partnership dedicated to addressing the global threat of invasive species, whose mission is to conserve biodiversity and sustain livelihoods by minimising the spread and impact of invasive species. GISP provides support to the implementation of Article 8(h) of the Convention on Biological Diversity and has contributed extensively to the knowledge and awareness of invasive species. The GISP partnership includes CABI, IUCN, the South African National Biodiversity Institute and The Nature Conservancy, as well as memoranda of understanding with other institutions and organizations.

United Nations Environment Programme

www.unep.org/iyb
The importance of biological diversity to human society is hard to overstate. An estimated 40 per cent of the global economy is based on biological products and processes. Poor people, especially those living in areas of low agricultural productivity, depend especially heavily on the genetic diversity of the environment.