Communication, Education & Public Awareness

Celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity
22 May 2006

Protect Biodiversity in Drylands!

Celebrations of the Secretariat of CBD

The Secretariat celebrates IBD with activities reflecting the beginning of the new phase of enhanced implementation of the CBD

Celebrations around the world!

Secretariat report on the activities held to commemorate the International Day for Biological Diversity

Algeria - the host for World Environment Day 2006
Argentina - National Activities throughout the year
Austria – the Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna celebrated IBD by linking the global theme to information about the Austrian Pannonian dry area grasslands
Belgium - La Belgique est active sur tous les fronts (in French and Dutch)
Brazil - celebrations in Brazilia by the presidency of COP-8
Cameroon - School visits and a host of other activities (in French)
Sand dunes in Cameroon?
Dunes de sable au Cameroun ? (in French)
Canada - a photography exhibition
China - SEPA and UNDP join efforts to celebrate IBD
Colombia celebrates with activities ranging from lectures on traditional knowledge, videos and educational games to a workshop on Strategic Mountain Ecosystems Biodiversity (in Spanish)
Congo - La Journée Internationale de la Biodiversité a été célébrée en République  Démocratique du Congo (RDC) par quelques manifestations organisées, à Kinshasa par le Ministère de l’Environnement, Conservation de la Nature, Eaux et Forets ; et en provinces principalement par quelques ONG nationales …(in French)
European Commission adopts a strategy for achieving the 2010 Biodiversity Target
Finland - Collaboration between CBD and UNCCD (in Finnish)
France - The Ministry of Ecology and sustainable development as well as other bodies celebrated the International Day for Biodiversity, 22 May 2006, with events throughout the lands
International Biodiversity Day events
A number of actors creating special activities
A few photographs of international biodiversity day celebrations 22 May 2006
Germany - Diversitas Germany prepares for the future
Guatemala holds week-long celebration of International Biodiversity Day (in Spanish)
Guinea Bissau - Informative programme for IBD
Honduras - Best practices: how to communicate biological diversity in Honduras(in cooperation with GTZ)
Hungary - Celebrates International Biodiversity Day in the Kiskunság National Park
India - activities in drylands states throughout the country
Iran - holds Biodiversity Festival
Ireland - activities organised across the counties
Jamaica - biodiversity Symposium in the capital city
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Oman - The Sultanate of Oman celebrates IBD with outreach activities
Peru - Conferences sponsored by CONAM (in Spanish)
Peru – Ecuador Initiative with DarwinNet conducted a number of activities related to IBD and the International Year of Deserts and desertification focused on dry forest issues and protection of biodiversity in arid zones.
Philippines - Restoring Biodiversity in Degraded Lands
Saint Lucia -  Communicating Biodiversity Day through the Media
Scotland- seminars and walking tours
Singapore announces establishment of new National Biodiversity Reference Centre
Sri Lanka focuses on a programme for school children
Syria celebrates IBD with media activities
Thailand - seminars and other activities
Tunisian celebrations of IBD focus on a national symposium on enhancement of the wealth of biodiversity and natural ecosystems in arid zones (in French)

GreenFacts releases a popularised version of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment

In time for the International Day for Biological Diversity, GreenFacts has published a popularised version of the Millennium Assessment Report on Biodiversity. It is available at in English, and soon also in French, Dutch and Spanish. The summary was produced in partnership with IUCN (the World Conservation Union), Countdown 2010 and UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre.

The Convention on Migratory Species Secretariat and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society decided to celebrate Biodiversity Day with the students of Bonn International School.

Joint CMS/WDCS press release to mark International Day for Biological Diversity. Read more on all activities and presentations aimed to raise awareness on conservation needs of endangered species.