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.

If you have videos and photos of your celebrations of the International Year of Biodiversity, please send them to us!


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National Celebrations

The Forum Biodiversity of the Swiss Academy of Sciences in corporation with the Federal Office of the Environment (FOEN) coordinate all the activities for the International Year of Biodiversity in Switzerland. National website in three official languages:

German - French - Italian

A retrospective of activities in Switzerland (PDF): French - German

The Natural History Museum St.Gallen will promote the Year and produce information materials.

Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications Biodiversity News (Deutsch – Français – Italiano)

Geneva is celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity 2010
Press Release

Dates and VenueEvent
20 - 21 January 2010
Redefining Sustainability in the International Agenda : Inspiring Greater Engagement in Biodiversity Issues
Organized by:
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
2 March 2010
Underwater Photography Exhibition - David French
8 - 11 April 2010
30th annual conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA)
22 April 2010
Geneva Trade and Biodiversity Day
Organized by:
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
4 May - 17 October 2010
28 August 2010
Krienser Hochmoor „Forenmoos“
19 September 2010
Mondmilchloch und Bergvögel
22 October 2010
Natur-Museum Luzern
22 October 2010
International Conference of the Network ALPARC: "Wilderness and Biodiversity: Can We Leave The Natural World To Its Own Devices?" / Organized by Swiss National Park and ALPARC (coordinated by the TFPA of the PSAC)
30 Oct - 20 Nov - 4 Dec 2010
Gebietspfl ege und Entbuschen
14 November 2010
26 November 2010
  La biodiversité, c’est la vie
Français - Deutsch

Past events

  L'horloge (re)fleurie et roule pour la biodiversité
2010 décrétéé Année Internationale de la Biodiversité notre fameuse horloge qui possède une aiguille (des secondes) la plus longue du monde (2,5m) marque le coup en proposant des plantes “régionales et vivaces” nous indique une affiche du SEVE (Service des Espaces Verts et de l’Environnement) qui veille à son bon fonctionnement. Il faudra cependant attendre quelques semaines avant de profiter au maximum de sa beauté fleurale qui fait la fierté des Genevois. Le temps de laisser à la nature suivre les étapes de la floraison.
Cliquer ici pour voir plus de photos de cet événement.
Lisez le blog ci-dessous pour d’autres détails.

Par Haykel EZZEDDINE, pourfendeur des contradictions et chasseur d’images publie un blog super sympa sur sa ville multiculturelle et son célèbre Jet d’eau. Il livre très régulièrement un regard en coin sur les rues de Genève. De la locale vivante. Planète Photos a été désigné meilleur blog de 2009 de la blogosphère Tribune de Genève.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
As part of its Open Day on June 5, WIPO cooperated with the Geneva Office of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to observe World Environment Day. This included a series of events and displays that highlighted numerous environmental issues, including biodiversity. The events coincided with a roundtable discussion at WIPO on the interaction between intellectual property and environmental issues, including the important question of biodiversity.
WIPO is deeply engaged in initiatives that aim at preserving biodiversity and the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore is examining the intellectual property-related aspects of this issue.



Grange-Verney est un centre de formation des agriculteurs, des palefreniers et des écuyers. C'est aussi un domaine agricole et des stations agricoles cantonales: la station de culture des champs, la station de protection des plantes, la station de zootechnie, le service de prévention des accidents. Marcelin est spécialisé dans les métiers du vin (viticulteurs, cavistes) et la préparation de la maturité professionnelle, mais il y a aussi la possibilité d'y préparer un CFC agricole avec une spécialisation en viticulture. Grange-Verney et Marcelin sont des centres de congrès et hébergent de nombreuses associations professionnelles.

Commission on Education and Communication

This site is about how to interest and motivate people for the environment and sustainable development. It is about how learning is supported and guided. The material and experience presented draws on the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication's work, the work of its members and partners.


dev.tv is a non-profit association founded by media professionals. Its goal is to promote the production and distribution of television coverage of issues related to human, economic and environmental crises.

dev.tv aims to draw public attention to the problems of our times, and highlight efforts to find solutions.

Maker of the official video for the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.


As the leading company in the fragrance and flavour industry, Givaudan develops unique and innovative fragrance and flavour creations for its customers around the world.

Our company is committed to combine sustainable growth with business principles that promote sustainable development. We aim to have the best palette of materials for our perfumers and flavourists, as well as be the pioneers of sustainable development and fair trade practices in our industry. Through different programmes in our Fragrance and Flavour Divisions we build and maintain medium and long term supply of unique raw materials all over the globe and operate a sustainable business model involving people, products, environment and society.

As part of the Givaudan Innovative Naturals programme, Roman Kaiser’s new book, “Scent of the Vanishing Flora”, (to be published in November 2010), is to receive the endorsement of the Convention on Biological Diversity. In his latest publication, Givaudan scientist Roman Kaiser worked for more than ten years collecting and investigating the scent of over 400 endangered plants species worldwide, of which 267 are described in “Scent of the Vanishing Flora”. This compilation renders the book an important contribution to the UN International Year of Biodiversity through its understanding of biodiversity, research into natural scents and the reconstitution of endangered floral species.

Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment

The Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA) is a cross-cutting network of DIVERSITAS with the task to explore and explain the great biological richness of the mountains of the world.
GMBA aims at:
• Providing input to policy makers and stakeholders for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in mountain regions
• Synthesizing often hidden and fragmented results of research on mountain biodiversity
• Shaping a global corporate identity for a scattered research community
• Increasing the visibility of mountain biodiversity issues
• Advocating studies on the human influence on natural and cultural landscapes in the mountains

International Union for Conservation of Nature

IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.

Mike Horn Pangaea Project

Mike Horn realized that the future of our planet lay solely in the hands of our youth, who if properly educated and informed, can save and sustain our world for generations to come: the Young Explorer Programme.

Mike Horn’s dream expedition, Pangaea, is a 4-year journey of discovery and is unique in that it serves as a powerful platform from which young adults can experience and explore the natural world, learn about its challenges, find possible solutions, and above all, act swiftly to help change things for the better.

Naturgruppe Salix

The "Naturgruppe Salix" is a local, non-commercial organization of people, based in Bronschhofen, Switzerland, who are interested in nature and environment. It carries out one to three events monthly, such as field trips, hikes, lectures, nature conservation campaigns, convivial events and handicraft courses, according to the slogan "experiencing nature - with head, hands, and heart". By promoting interest, understanding and respect for nature in the public at large and especially in children, the organization wants to contribute to a sustainable development of our society. In 2010, the “Naturgruppe Salix” organizes a number of events focusing on different aspects of biodiversity.

Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

The Convention's mission is "the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local, regional and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world". The Convention uses a broad definition of the types of wetlands covered in its mission, including swamps and marshes, lakes and rivers, wet grasslands and peatlands, oases, estuaries, deltas and tidal flats, near-shore marine areas, mangroves and coral reefs, and human-made sites such as fish ponds, rice paddies, reservoirs, and salt pans.

Union for Ethical BioTrade

The Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) is a non-profit association that promotes the "sourcing with respect" of ingredients that come from native biodiversity. Members commit to gradually ensuring that their sourcing practices promote the conservation of biodiversity, respect traditional knowledge, and assure the equitable sharing of benefits all along the supply chain. UEBT targets key economic sectors, one of the priorities of the strategy. Main targets: the cosmetics and health and beauty industry, and to a lesser extent the food industry.

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is the "umbrella" organisation for the world zoo and aquarium community. Its mission is to provide leadership and support for zoos, aquariums, and partner organizations of the world in animal care and welfare, conservation of biodiversity, environmental education and global sustainability.