National Biodiversity Day

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Hey there, nature lovers and conservation enthusiasts! Get ready to celebrate National Biodiversity Day, a day dedicated to appreciating and protecting the incredible diversity of life on our planet.

When is Biodiversity Day?

It's national biodiversity day on the 14th August.

What is National Biodiversity Day?

National Biodiversity Day is observed annually on August 14th, celebrating the richness and variety of life forms that exist in our ecosystems. Biodiversity refers to the incredible range of plants, animals, and microorganisms that make up our ecosystems, the interconnections between them, and the intricate webs of life that sustain us all.

On this day, people around the world come together to raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity conservation and sustainable practices. It's a day to reflect on the ecological services provided by diverse ecosystems and the urgent need to protect them from threats such as habitat loss, pollution, and climate change.

Why is Biodiversity Important?

Biodiversity is crucial for maintaining the balance of our planet's natural systems and ensuring the well-being of present and future generations. It contributes to ecosystem stability, provides us with essential resources like food, medicine, and clean water, and supports the livelihoods of countless communities.

By celebrating National Biodiversity Day, we aim to encourage individuals, organizations, and governments to take action in preserving biodiversity and making sustainable choices in their daily lives. It's a reminder that we all play a vital role in protecting the delicate web of life that sustains us.

History behind the term 'Biodiversity'


Coined by Walter G. Rosen

The term 'biodiversity' was first coined by American biologist Walter G. Rosen in the year 1980. He used the term as a contraction of 'biological diversity' to describe the variety and abundance of lifeforms found on Earth.


Introduction in the Convention on Biological Diversity

In 1992, the term 'biodiversity' gained significant international recognition when it was introduced in the United Nations' Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The CBD is an international treaty aimed at conserving and sustainably using the Earth's biological resources. This inclusion helped bring attention to the importance of protecting and preserving our planet's diverse ecosystems and species.


UNESCO's International Day for Biological Diversity

The recognition of the term 'biodiversity' continued to grow, leading to the establishment of the International Day for Biological Diversity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1993. This annual observance, held on May 22nd, aims to increase awareness and understanding of biodiversity issues and their relevance to human well-being.


Global recognition and the Year of Biodiversity

In 2002, the importance of biodiversity gained global recognition with the designation of the International Year of Biodiversity by the United Nations General Assembly. This initiative aimed to promote action towards conserving and enhancing biodiversity, raising awareness about its value, and encouraging sustainable practices. Throughout the year, various events and activities took place worldwide to highlight the significance of biodiversity.


Aichi Biodiversity Targets

In 2010, the United Nations adopted the Aichi Biodiversity Targets as part of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2010-2020. These targets provide a framework for countries to conserve and sustainably manage biodiversity. With 20 specific goals, the Aichi Targets aim to address the main pressures on biodiversity and encourage the sustainable use of natural resources.

Did you know?

Did you know that scientists estimate that more than 80% of the world's species are yet to be discovered? That means there are still countless mysterious and mind-boggling creatures waiting to be found!


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