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!

South Africa

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National Celebrations

  In occasion of the International Year of Biodiversity, the South African Post Office is drawing attention to biodiversity by issuing a set of four stamps and a commemorative cover reflecting our country's remarkable "living wealth".

Dates and VenueEvent
1 - 2 December 2009
Biodiversity Launch Event by the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa, SANBI, the Lewis Foundation and UNDP
South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)
South Africa’s celebrations of the International Year of Biodiversity – 1st quarter.

The South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) is compiling a calendar for 2010 and is praparing publications and products.

International Year of Biodiversity Celebration Status Report
As part of celebrating 2010 as The International Year of Biodiversity, Johannesburg City Parks Environment Conservation Department through The Environmental Education Unit and partners such as Rand Water, Johannesburg Zoo, City of Johannesburg, Department of Forestry and Fisheries, Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Delta EE Centre have identified annual programmes and projects which will be implemented as part of addressing biodiversity issues within the city of Johannesburg. Click here to review the full Status Report.

22 May 2010 - Celebrations of the International Day for Biodiversity.

  Year of Trees 2010 Poster


Dyer Island Conservation Trust

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust has been established for the conservation, rehabilitation and protection of the natural environment, including flora, fauna or the biosphere, the care of the wild animals, the promotion of, and the conducting of educational and training programs relating to environmental awareness, greening and clean-up projects, and conservation research. Responsible for the African penguin nesting project, the Trust is also involved with research of the great white shark, the whales, dolphins, seals and seabirds of the Gansbaai area (Western Cape), while also investing in a craft project and other community initiatives.