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

  Netherlands’ Final Report for the International Year of Biodiversity 2010
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The National Committee is planning events for the year.

  366 gestes pour la biodiversité
(Belgique - in French and Dutch only)
Vous aimez observer les plantes dans la rue et vous promener dans la nature (en restant sur les sentiers bien sûr!) ? Vous mangez de préférence des fruits et légumes de saison? En hiver, vous nourrissez les oiseaux tous les jours? Après les fêtes, vous recyclez votre sapin de Noël et les bouchons de liège des bouteilles?

Sans le savoir, vous faites déjà beaucoup pour la biodiversité. Des gestes quotidiens souvent très simples comme ceux-là suffisent à protéger les richesses de la nature.

Et des gestes, il y en a beaucoup… au moins un par jour!

Dates and VenueEvent
1 January - 31 December 2010
Science café
1 January - 31 December 2010
Battle for biodiversity
1 January - 31 December 2010
Exploring the ditches
1 January - 31 December 2010
Biodiversity tell tales
1 January - 31 December 2010
Biodiversity tours
1 January - 31 December 2010
Biodiversity quiz
1 January - 31 December 2010
Expedition "Green Soup"
28 January 2010
Launch of the International Year of Biodiversity in the Netherlands
1 February - 31 December 2010
Museum University
20 March 2010 - 21 March 2011
The Hague
Wilde Wijde Wereld
22 - 23 September 2010
Living with Biodiversity: People, Knowledge, Politics
1 October 2010
"Stop biodiversity loss at Nagoya summit!"
On January 28, 2010, The Netherlands celebrates the launch of the International Year of Biodiversity. The Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and the Minister of Education, Culture and Science will attend the festivities. It will be a high-level event which also celebrates the launch of the Dutch National Center of Biodiversity: NCB Naturalis. This state of the art institute will assemble, make accessible and exhibit the largest part of the Dutch natural history collections of plants and animals. The establishment of the National Center of Biodiversity is one of the ways in which the Dutch Government contributes to the national as well as international conservation of biodiversity. It will provide significant support for public information and scientific research and education on the subject of biodiversity.

Organized by: NCB Naturalis and the Dutch National Committee IYB2010.
Contact: Harald Wouters, NCB Naturalis and the Dutch National Committee IYB2010.

Wat is eigenlijk biodiversiteit? Geschikt voor alle leerlingen op school vanaf ongeveer groep 5! Werkboek te downloaden! Klik hier voor een kijkje in het boek !
Voor dit gratis werkboek over de biodiversiteit zijn ook alle antwoorden beschikbaar. Het enige dat u hoeft te doen, is een mailtje sturen naar info@slimme-uilen.nl vanaf uw eigen e-mailadres. U krijgt dan het uitgebreide antwoordenboekje opgestuurd.

  State of the World’s Waterbirds 2010
This booklet aims to summarise what is known about the status of waterbird populations in different parts of the world. It shows how numbers and population trends compare from region to region, and how they changed between the 1970s and the 2000s. Website

  Biodiversity loss and the global water crisis - A fact book on the links between biodiversity and water security
Globally we are facing a water crisis. This booklet aims to highlight the links between this water crisis and biodiversity loss. Both are the result of the same root causes and both problems reinforce each other. The booklet draws on the knowledge and understanding developed by Wetlands International and its partners over many years and is supplemented with key information from other, peer reviewed studies. Website


Aviornis International Netherlands

AVIORNIS INTERNATIONAL brings together devoted breeders of non-passerine birds. It is one of the most important organisations in Europe in its field with around 8.000 members in 6 European countries. Approximately 625 bird species are successfully kept by our members.
The objectives of Aviornis International are:
  • To support and co-operate with other organisations on scientific programs to preserve bird species that have become nearly extinct.
  • To stimulate (inter)national exchange of young birds in order to keep genetically healthy stocks of each species.
  • To help our members with advice and information on the husbandry and breeding management of the wide diversity of bird species.
  • To contribute, together with other international organisations, to scientific programs, aimed at the re-introduction of bird species that have become (locally) extinct due to natural catastrophes or other reasons.

Corpus Acrobatics

Corpus Acrobatics is a well established acrobatic theatre company based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, that has been staging spectacular acrobatic shows all over the world for more than fifteen years on various prestigious festivals and theatres such as; World Expo in Lisbon (Portugal), Sensation (Australia) and the Festival de Cannes (France).

European Association of Zoos and Aquaria

EAZA’s mission is to facilitate cooperation within the European zoo and aquarium community towards the goals of education, research and conservation.

  Our conservation activities and those of our members are underscored by our shared commitment to the preservation of biodiversity. We work closely with many other agencies, including WAZA and IUCN, to ensure that we can leverage the expertise and resources of our community towards achieving the furtherance of wildlife conservation, through internationally coordinated breeding programmes of wild animals and in situ conservation.

Green Fudge/Environmental blog

GreenFudge.org is a non-profit, privately funded organization, which aims to present the latest and most accurate information on global environmental issues. The website’s objective is to stimulate discussions regarding issues that affect everyone. It is a place where people from all over the world, all genders, origins, and orientations, from all levels of society can let their voice be heard on matters that impact the world we live in. /Greenfudge.be streeft ernaar de meest recente en correcte informatie over wereldwijde milieuproblemen beschikbaar te maken voor een zo groot mogelijk publiek. Het doel van de website is het stimuleren van discussies over onderwerpen die iedereen aangaan. Het is een plek waar mensen van over de hele wereld, alle geslachten, rassen en geaardheden, uit alle lagen van de samenleving hun stem kunnen laten horen.

Happy Stones

The mission of the non-profit organization Happy Stones, is to preserve the ancient craft of dry stone walling, to raise awareness of the importance to preserve, and to rebuild these walls. Dry stone walls form a microclimate for more than 200 species, from whom many on the red list for endangered species. They offer a huge biodiversity function, but many walls are vanished. A group of volunteers (included a Swiss specialist) started a website, as a basis to work from. With training courses for youngsters and adults, presence on fairs, and starting on microscale building walls, Happy Stones is raising consciousness and awereness that we still can restore the damage done.