2004 Biodiversity Day Around the World


Maldives celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity on the 22nd of May 2004. Many colorful activities were organized to mark the day. The activities carried out were specifically focused on the theme for this year’s Biodiversity Day; Biodiversity: Food, Water and Health for all. The main purpose of celebrating the day was to create awareness on the importance of the conservation and sustainable use of our biological resources. Maldives has been marking the day since year 2002.

Activities carried out to mark the Day include:

  1. Workshop on Biodiversity
  2. Distribution of Poster showing the locally threatened "Black Turtle"
  3. Installation of billboard showing protected birds
  4. Other activities and media coverage

Ameer Ahmed School of the capital city Male’, in association with the Environment Research Centre of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Environment, held a one-day workshop on Biodiversity. The workshop focused on areas of this year’s theme; Biodiversity: Food, Water and Health for all. A total of 84 students from various atolls studying at the school at present, participated in the workshop.

Workshop held at Ameer Ahmed School to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity

Information on the theme was provided by the officials from the Environment Research Centre, Ministry of Fisheries Agriculture, Maldives Water and Sanitation Authority and Ministry of Health. The workshop was inaugurated by the Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Atolls Development. The workshop was a great success as the participants felt that they gained important information on the subject as well as realized the importance of conserving and sustainable utilization of Biodiversity.

Participants in session during the workshop

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme