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International Day for Biological Diversity - Celebrations

The CBD Secretariat encourages all Parties to the Convention and all organizations, that deal in some way with the issue, to organize digital activities and events to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity. Organizations are invited to take advantage of the day, to raise public awareness and to showcase their work on biodiversity, related to our theme, "Our solutions are in nature".

If you are an individual you can also organize an activity yourself in your community, here are some ideas. Every person can make a difference!

Please help us share your International Day for Biological Diversity celebrations by emailing secretariat@cbd.int.

Celebrations Around the World

Organization:

National Environment Commission Secretariat, Bhutan

Date and Time

01 May 2020 - 15 May 2020: Photo Submission

21 May 2020 at 1700 hours: Deadline to "LIKE" a photo on Facebook

22 May 2020: Winners will be announced on 22 May 2020

 

Description

The National Environment Commission invites everyone to participate in the Photo Contest to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) held annually on, 22 May 2020. The theme for IDB 2020 is “Our Solutions are in Nature”.

Prizes and Recognition:

There will be attractive prizes in various categories and winners will be announced during the International Biodiversity Day, 22nd May 2020 and will also be notified via email. 

 

Key Links

Statement From Sonam P. Wangdi, Secretary, National Environment Commission Secretariat

Contest Rules

Facebook

 

Contact

Yeshi Dorji

 

IDB 2020 Bhutan Flyer 1

 

Organization:

Action pour le Respect et la Protection de l'Environnement (ARPE)

 

Date &  Time

18 Mai 2020 at 10:00am - 22 Mai 2020 at 1:00pm

 

Description

Vous voici aujourd'hui à la semaine international de la diversité biologique. Sensibiliser, partager, mener des campagnes, Vidéos et photos auprès de vous. Rejoignez nous pour cette campagne

 

Key Links

Facebook

 

Contact Information

ARPE Association

 

 

Organization:

Ministry of Ecology and Environment of People’s Republic of China (MEE)

 

Date & Time

22 May 2020

 

Description

The publicity event of the International Day for Biological Diversity 2020 was held by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of People’s Republic of China (MEE) on May 20, 2020. 

  • Premier Li Keqiang issued a written instruction stressing that vigorous efforts should be made to carry out major biodiversity protection projects and strengthen public awareness about preserving biodiversity.
  • Mr. Huang Runqiu, Minister of MEE, delivered a written speech at the event.
  • Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, CBD’s Acting Executive Secretary, delivered a speech via video for the event.

 

Key Links

Website

 

Contact Information

Dr.Liu Guozhi

 

IDB 2020 China MEE 1

 

 

Organization:

Zhejiang University 

 

Date & Time

22 May 2020

 

Description

"Our Actions on Biodiversity" Course Discussion

To celebrate International Biodiversity Day on 22nd May 2020 and ZJU 123 years Anniversary on 21st May 2020, ZJU General Course Biodiversity Teaching Team, which runs the on-line "Our Actions on Biodiversity" course discussion by more than 100 participants in 3 classes.


The ZJU General Course "Biodiversity" has been running since 1998, and is registered by more than 100 even 150 undergraduate students from multiple subjects in the University. Course teaching, Group discussion and field trips on different topics are the main modes of the course.

 

Key Links

More information

https://person.zju.edu.cn/en/zrzhuee4pm

 

Contact Information

Zeng-Rong Zhu

Wenwu Zhou

 

Organization:

Lycée français Paul Valery - CALI - COLOMBIE

 

Date &  Time

22 Mai 2020

 

Description

Une fenêtre sur la biodiversité

Le 22 mai 202biologique.0 est la journée internationale de la diversité, à l'occasion de cette journée et avec l'Agence pour l'Enseignement Français à l'Etranger vous pouvez participer à ce grand défi.ener des campagnes, Vidéos et photos auprès de vous. Rejoignez nous pour cette campagne.

Illustrez la biodiversité de la planète en alimentant une grande banque d'images sur une carte collaborative . Et participez à un projet de sciences participatives.

Pour cela prenez des photographies de la biodiversité (animaux, plantes, champignons) depuis chez vous. Et identifier les êtres vivants que vous avez rencontré.

 

Key Links

Survey

Final Published Results

 

Contact Information

Xavier Vilport

 

 

Organization:

The Sámi Parliament Participates in the International Week for Biological Diversity

 

Date &  Time

18 - 22 May 2020

 

Description

The Sámi Parliament in Finland participates in the International Biodiversity Theme Week 18-22 May by publishing a video every day of the week related to biodiversity and Sámi culture. Themes of the week have been applied to Sámi culture, and the aim is to raise issues that are important to Sámi culture in relation to biodiversity and traditional knowledge.

The United Nations proclaimed May 22 as the International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD). The purpose of the day is to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity and its significance.

This year, Biodiversity Day will extend to a full week. Each day of the week has its own biodiversity theme, linked to the main themes of international biodiversity work. During the week, comprehensive nature communication will take place all around the world.

 

Key Links

Information and Videos about the Sámi Parliament for each day of the week

 

Contact Information

President Tuomas Aslak Juuso

Secretary for International Affairs

 

Organization:

Natural Science Museum BIOTOPIA 

 

Date &  Time

22 May 2020

 

Description

Be Part of the Dawn Chorus 

People all over the world are asked to share the morning sounds of nature. The sound recordings are going to be used for research on bird biodiversity and to raise awareness of the natural world. 

Get up very early and record the dawn chorus on your doorstep at sunrise on your mobile phone. Upload the recordings to this page and share your experience with people around the world.

It’s very easy to create and share your recording.

This year's dawn chorus upload phase is going to end on 22 May 2020.

 

Key Links

Participation Instructions

Biotopia Homepage

 

Contact Information

Dominic Anders

 

Organization:

WWF India

 

Date &  Time

22 May 2020  10:45AM – 15:30PM IST

23 May 2020  10:00AM – 16:30PM IST

 

Description

WWF India's Model Conference of Parties (MCOP1): Building Citizens for Tomorrow

WWF India in partnership with MoEFCC, NBA, UNDP and UNEP is launching the first of its kind, digital 'MODEL CONFERENCE OF PARTIES 2020 (MCOP) ' on May 22nd and 23rd as part of the International Day for Biological Diversity.

At MCoP2020, students from across India will represent their states and union territories as Party Delegates. These delegates will be deliberating on the theme for the conference 'Nature-based solutions to biodiversity, health and economy'.

Through various sessions the student party delegates will gain an understanding of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) and the process of multi-country engagement and deliberations during a Conference of Parties (COP). Experts from the field of biodiversity, education and conservation will deep dive into nature's linkages with human well being and sustainable development emphasising upon the need for actions to bend the curve of nature loss.

The state party delegates will be deliberating and negotiating on key priority areas to set the targets for biodiversity conservation at the state and national level. The outputs from the MCOP will also be shared with the MOEFCC as a contribution towards the development of India's position for a strong post-2020 global biodiversity framework.


 

Key Links

Day 1 live streaming 

Day 2 live streaming 

Facebook Page

Itinerary

 

Contact Information

Contact WWF India


 

IDB 2020 WWF India2

 

 

Organization:

Prithvi Innovations

 

Date &  Time

22 May 2020

 

Description

Little Green Actions- What are you doing to be green during the lockdown?


Send in a short 30 second video of anything you are doing to help the environment during lockdown so that we can move towards being environmentally friendly together. 
 

Key Links

Prithvi Innovations Website

 

Contact Information

prithviinovations@gmail.com
+917985766230
+9415009158
 

Prithvi Innovations 1

Organization:

Team Limerick Clean Up

 

Date &  Time

22 May 2020

 

Description

To recognise International Biodiversity Day on 22nd May 2020, Team Limerick Clean Up, which runs the largest community clean up event in Europe annually, will launch a biodiversity competition for the first time.

We invite people to post images and/or videos celebrating Limerick and it’s Biodiversity using the hashtag #BiodiversityTLC and award prizes to the best and most creative images and posts.


This has been inspired by the  International Day for Biological Diversity initiative. We have 20,000 signed up volunteers and our ambassadors are Former Lions Rugby Captain Paul O Connell, JP McManus and environmentalist Helen O'Donnell.

 

Key Links

Team Limerick Clean Up

 

Contact Information

Paul Foley

 

 

Organization:

“Kore” University of Enna – Enna, Sicily

 

Date &  Time

21 May 2020, 10:15 (CEST)

22 May 2020, 10:30 - 11:00; 17:30-18:30 (CEST)

 

Description

Webinar (meet), con gli Istituti Comprensivi di Enna “E. De Amicis” e “F.P. Neglia – N. Savarese”, su vari aspetti della biodiversità, compresa la diversità culturale, a conclusione della X edizione del progetto annuale di Educazione allo Sviluppo Sostenibile, quest'anno dal titolo “ConserviAMO la biodiversità”, condotto dall’Università “Kore” di Enna nelle Scuole.

 

Key Links

Informazioni sul webinar

 

 

Contact Information

Rosa Termine

 

IDB 2020 Kore 1

 

IDB 2020 Kore 2

Organization:

Society for Wetland Biodiversity Conservation Nepal

 

Date &  Time

22 May 2020

 

Description

Virtual Occasion of International Biodiversity Day in May 22, 2020

The celebration of International Biodiversity Day had been carried out on May 22, 2020 with sharing best wishes on virtual to safe and sharing in between Nepal indigenous peoples, researchers, Journalists, biodiversity conservation activists and other exchanges wishes for biodiversity conservation.

For Indigenous Peoples Mother Nature is alive and respected, important for cultural survival and is spiritual, not for all Solution, on virtual occasion of international biodiversity day, May 22, 2020.

 

 

Key Links

Statement 

Contact Information

Kamal Kumar Rai

 

Organization:

 The Educators 

Date and Time

22 May 2020 (We will be holding it throughout Pakistan running simultaneously in 5 regions on Google Meet / Zoom.)

Description

The Educators is organizing 1st ever online convention in Pakistan on The International Day for Biological Diversity.
We will be holding 3 sessions in each (5) regions of Pakistan online. Hundreds of Students will be presenting on ''Our Solutions are in Nature'' for 2-3 minutes in the whole country. We have invited special guest speakers from Pakistan who are working for Biodiversity. 

Guest Speakers will include:

Bushra Pervaiz, GM Academics  at The Educators

Dr. Muhammad Shahbaz Arif, Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities at ICBS

Malik Badshah, Assistant Professor at Department of Microbiology, Quaid-i-Azam University,

Gavin McCormack, CEO of Education for Everyone

Dr. Yasir Leghari MD, Internist and ER Specialist at Stony Brook Medical Centre, New York

Ahmad Mukhtar, Economist at FAO

Syeda Farhana Mahmud, Executive

Muhammad Adnan, Lecturer  at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology , University of Lahore

Dr. Ghasan Ahmad , Neurologist

Linda Ragsdale, llustrator and award winning author

Key Links

Facebook Page

Contact

Usman Shafqat

 

 

IDB 2020 The Educators 1

 

Organization:

SOS Peruvian Plantcutter

 

Date &  Time

22 May 2020

 

Description

Learn about the Peruvian Plantcutter: What to do?

the situation of the plantcutter and its habitat is parlous. Official threat categories become academic for those working day-to-day with the species, given that these appear not to galavanise official action. From the field, it looks unlikely that any kind of top-down conservation plan will be implemented. And every day, more of the plantcutter’s habitat is destroyed. It is probably not hyperbole to say that no Peruvian Plantcutter now lives more than 20 m from some evidence of human activity, be it a road, track, oil pipeline, house, pylon, plantation, farmland, pig farm, cattle, goats, logging impact, charcoal production site, fly-tipping site or wind turbine.

As there are fewer sites for the Plantcutter and those sites are being slowly degraded, the obvious recommendation would be to protect remaining sites wherever possible. However, some sites (mainly in La Libertad and Lambayeque) are so small – merely a few hectares – that they do not present realistic opportunities for effective conservation activities. 


English

Spanish

 

Key Links

Website

Facebook Page

Article

 

Contact Information

Jeremy Flanagan

 

 

 

Organization:

Earth School South Africa

 

Date &  Time

22 May 2020

 

Description

What can we do to help biodiversity?

  • Plant indigenous plants or help rejuvenate wild areas to attract indigenous birds and animals
  • Create an indigenous garden for the wildlife in your area 
  • Make a wetlands habitat to attract frogs to your garden
  • Plant shrubs and trees that attract insects and birds to your garden, and add a birdbath
  • Remove weeds: they are not indigenous plants and can smother or overtake indigenous habitat
  • Tell as many people you can about biodiversity and why we NEED it for our survival!
     

 

Key Links

Earth Kids TV Blog  

Earth School South Africa 
 

 

Contact Information

Janis Theron
 

 

Organization:

Ministère de l’Environnement, Tunisie

 

Date &  Time

le Mercredi 20 mai 2020 de 15h.00 à 17h.00 Heure de Tunis

 

Description

A l’occasion de la Journée Internationale de la Biodiversité, Le Ministère de l’Environnement organise une conférence virtuelle interactive
Le Mercredi, 20 Mai 2020 à partir de 15h.00  sous l'égide de M. Chokri Ben Hassen Ministre de l'environnement.

Cette manifestation sera organisée en ligne via la plateforme de visioconférence «Zoom» en collaboration avec :

  • Le Ministère de l’Agriculture, de la Pêche Maritime et des Ressources Hydrauliques
  • Le Ministère de la Santé,
  • Le Fonds Mondial pour la Nature (WWF, Bureau de Tunis)
  • l'Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (IUCN Med)
  • Le Centre des Activités Régionales pour les Aires Spécialement Protégées (ONU Environnement/PAM/ASP)
  • Programme de Micro financement du Fonds pour l’Environnement Mondial (SGP)
     

Pour assister à cette conférence et participer au débat prière de s'inscrire pour recevoir le code et l'invitation d'accès à la conférence sur la plateforme "Zoom".

 

Key Links

Inscription à la Conférence en Ligne

Facebook 

 

Contact Information

Mohamed Ali Ben Temessek

 

IDB 2020 Tunisia 1

 

Organization:

ICLEI European Secretariat and Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh    
 

 

Date &  Time

22 May 2020, 14:00 CEST

 

Description

Edinburgh Process Thematic Webinar: Our Solutions are in Nature 
The currently ongoing "Edinburgh Process for Subnational and Local Governments on the development of the Post 2020 global biodiversity framework" will include a 75-minute thematic webinar on nature-based solutions for biodiversity (Zoom).

 

Key Links

ICLEI-EU calendar 
Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh 

 

Contact Information

Organiser: ICLEI Europe Philipp Lahaela-Walter

For details on how your local or subnational government can join the Edinburgh process and the webinar, please write an e-mail to enquiries-subnationalworkshop@ gov.scot.

 

IDB 2020 ICLEI Edinburg

 

Organization:

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

 

Date &  Time

22 May 2020 between 10:00 and 11:00 (CET)

 

Description

Launch of "The State of the World’s Forests 2020: Forests, Biodiversity and People"

Recent successful initiatives to manage, conserve, restore and sustainably use forest biodiversity have been gaining ground despite continued threats. SOFO 2020 assesses progress made in meeting global targets and goals, and highlights solutions that are critical in balancing conservation and sustainable use of forest biodiversity.
 
The State of the World’s Forests, published every two years since 2005, reports on the status of forests, recent major policy and institutional developments and key issues in the forest sector.
 
FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu and UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen will be among the speakers, joined by government ministers and experts in the forest sector.
 
The virtual launch will feature a short video, a presentation of the publication and its key findings and a high-level panel discussion. If time permits, the floor will be open for questions from the audience.
 

Key Links

Zoom Login (Meeting ID: 912 2533 4209 - Password: 227212)

Event Details

Contact Information

FO-ADG

 

 

Organization:

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

 

Date &  Time

22 May 2020

Description

Biodiversity Day Expert Panels

UNESCO invites us to reflect on these issues on the occasion of the International Biodiversity Day by setting up online dialogues and conversations between experts, our networks, in particular our sites and youth networks, our private sector partners and artists. The aim is to share scientific assessment of the unprecedented health crisis we are going through, but also to come together in this period of great uncertainty around common values, to share the resources on which we can rely upon to be collectively resilient and to make the necessary changes.

Panelists include:

  • Tim Christophersen, Coordinator of the ‘Nature for Climate’ Branch at UN Environment, and focal point for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030
  • Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Hélène Valade, Environmental Development Director, Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH)
  •  
  • Pierre-Yves Pouliquen, Director of Sustainable Development, SUEZ

Key Links

UNESCO Biodiversity Day Commemorations 

Information about Panels, Videos and Speakers

Panel Videos span the following topics:

Contact Information

UNESCO Contact

 

 

Organization:

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Global Soil Partnership

 

Date &  Time

22 May 2020 between 15:00 and 16:00 (CEST)

 

Description

Webinar on Soil Biodiversity: a nature-based solution?

FAO's Global Soil Partnership is pleased to invite you to its first webinar on Soil Biodiversity as part of the annual campaign dedicated to soil biodiversity with the theme “Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity”.

This webinar aims to discuss the global status, gaps and multiple benefits of soil biodiversity as a key contributor in sustaining life in this planet.

 

Key Links

Registration 

Event Details

 

Contact Information

GSP-Secretariat@fao.org

 

 

 

 

 

Organization:

Global Youth Biodiversity Network

 

Date &  Time

22 May 2020 11:30 - 13:00 (EST)

 

Description

Solving Crisis: Ecosystem-based Solutions to Biodiversity Loss and Links to COVID19 Pandemic

The COVID- 19 crisis has resulted in unprecedented suffering for people across the world including the most vulnerable, among which, children. Apart from its effects on human health, the crisis has also struck us at a time where momentum on biodiversity and nature-based solutions were on the rise. Societal movements, among which youth groups, had mainstreamed biological diversity issues on the agenda of decision-makers across all levels of governance and private sector especially this year. 2020 was supposed to be the year where we ramp ambition and successfully launch into the decade of action until the pandemic struck. While we await for the curve to flatten and these difficult times to pass, we will still have to steer through biodiversity and the consequences of the pandemic.

 

Key Links

Webinar Registration

Plant for the Planet

GYBN IDB Webpage

 

Contact Information

GBYN Contact

 

 

IDB 2020 GBYN 1

 

Organization:

ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and the ASEAN Secretariat

 

Date &  Time

20 May 2020, 10:00 A.M. – 11: 30 A.M. (GMT+8)

 

Description

Webinar on “Biodiversity and Preventing Future Pandemics”

The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and the ASEAN Secretariat is pleased to invite the media to participate in this online event

The COVID-19 pandemic has been changing the world, creating enormous impacts on urban and rural areas. In the wake of the pandemic, calls for ecosystem-based adaptation and solutions, and ending illegal wildlife trade are being emphasised.

 Despite restrictions on movements in most of the ASEAN region, the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) continue to engage relevant ASEAN Sectoral Bodies and the general public in its agenda to mainstream biodiversity within and across sectors and disciplines through online platforms. In the weeks leading to this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May 2020, the ACB is drumming up its communication efforts through online-only campaigns. With the theme “Our solutions are in nature,” the observance of the International Day for Biological Diversity will focus on the need for the global community to re-examine its relationship with nature.

Key Links

Watch webinar through Facebook

Facebook page

 

Contact Information

Niña Catherine Callejag