Biodiversity Day Celebrations in South Africa

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Minister Creecy launched the Thohoyandou National Botanical Garden

The Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Barbara Creecy in partnership with South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) Chairperson, Professor Edward Nesamvuni, marks the International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD) by launching the Thohoyandou National Botanical Garden, on Sunday, 22 May 2022, in Thohoyandou, Vhembe District Municipality, Limpopo.

Each year IBD has a specific theme that encourages the protection and conservation of biological diversity and this year’s theme is “Building a Shared Future for all Life”. Therefore, launching the country’s eleventh national botanical garden is a fitting action to celebrate the International Day of Biological Biodiversity. South Africa is considered one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world due to its species diversity and diverse ecosystems. While it occupies only 2% of the world’s land surface area, South Africa is home to 10% of the world’s plant species and 7% of its reptile, bird and mammal species. Furthermore, it harbours around 15% of the world’s marine species.

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), an entity of the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) is mandated by the Minister to manage, control and maintain all national botanical gardens. SANBI manages the network of National Botanical Gardens (NBGs) spread across the seven provinces in South Africa.

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Past celebrations



Kids in Gardens Programme

Cape Town

09h00 - 13h00


Learners from the local communities around Cape Town, will be invited and fully sponsored to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden where Biodiversity Day will be celebrated. They will take part in the garden based activities where learners will get the opportunity to interact closely with our Assistant Education Officers.

Just to name few activities:

Activity 1: As part of the introduction, learners will be introduced to the concept of Biodiversity - how the ecosystem interact by doing the picture building game.

Activity 2: they are been given an opportunity to make their own biodiversity CROWNS and link it to the variety of plant material they will use to decorate.

Activity 3: They will do the adaptation activity where demonstrations will be done to show how Fynbos plants cope with Cape town weather conditions and link it to Biodiversity.


The Kids in Gardens Programme (KIG)



Contact details

Omphile Khutsoane, Tel: +27 (0)21 799 8670




International Biodiversity Day, South Africa and Team Europe are part of the solution!


9am - 12pm (SAST)


This event is organised by South African and European partners to contribute to the celebration of the International Biodiversity Day, under the theme ‘We are part of the solution’, as defined by the Convention on Biological Diversity. The event aims to put a spotlight on community actors, young people, SMEs and business with solutions.


Event Programme

Contact details

Ariane Labat

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