Thursday, May 22, 2014

Environment & Education : IDB 2014

"This year’s International Day for Biological Diversity falls in the International Year of Small Island Developing States and is being observed under the theme of “Island Diversity”. 

For some 600 million island-dwellers -- nearly one-tenth of the world’s population and representing one in three United Nations Member States - biodiversity is integral to their subsistence, income, well-being and cultural identity."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Today, we celebrate the International Day for Biological DiversityThe United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. 
When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29 December (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity), was designated "The International Day for Biological Diversity". In December 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted 22 May as IDB, to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity. 

This was partly done because it was difficult for many countries to plan and carry out suitable celebrations for the date of 29 December, given the number of holidays that coincide around that time of year.

This year, the International Day for Biological Diversity is dedicated to “island biodiversity,” in line with the designation by the United Nations General Assembly of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States.

Island biodiversity is essential. Many islands and archipelagos have evolved unique biodiversity over time, with a high rate of endemism and particular conservation challenges, with species on small islands being particularly vulnerable to extinction.

Berlengas Natural Reserve | Portugal
UNESCO Biophere Reserves
photo: Not identified
The livelihoods and cultural identities of islanders have always been inextricably linked to biodiversity. However, with the presence of people and associated biodiversity — crops, livestock and pests — the risk of extinction to native biodiversity is especially high, and novel communities of species have largely replaced native island biodiversity in many places. Today, climate change, natural disasters, and skewed development are threatening the sustainability of human communities on islands as well as island biodiversity.~

© Steven Percival | Samoa
The International Year of Small Island Developing States will celebrate the contributions that this group of countries has made to the world. Small island developing states are home to vibrant and distinct cultures, diversity and heritage.
People of Small Island Developing States are also at the forefront of efforts to addressing pressing global issues through ingenuity, innovation and use of traditional knowledge.

© Dieufort Deslorges | La Selle Biosphere Reserve
The challenges facing the small island developing States are challenges that confront us all, and they are determined to work with all countries to find solutions that will ensure a brighter future for generations to come.

The Year will also help raise awareness of the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, which will be held in September in Apia, Samoa, and will focus on building partnerships for sustainable development.


Small islands are home to vibrant and distinct cultures, and have enriched the world through their music, diversity and heritage

Islanders are also at the forefront of efforts to protect the world's oceans and their vast biodiversity, and are addressing pressing global issues such as climate change and rising sea levels through ingenuity, innovation and use of traditional knowledge.

This day mobilise teachers, students, researchers on biodiversity issues and their interdependence with global sustainable development issues. 

Education can help to understand better the value of biodiversity and the causes of biodiversity loss. 
  • Curricula : Sciences ; Languages ; Civics
  • Levels : All levels.
Teachers will be inspired to prepare some pedagogical activities. Educators and students can get active and help conserve biodiversity. 

  • Go on educational field trips near the sea and explore the local city or village: the local activities, fishing, animals, plants. The students can get some pics using the iPad, smartphone or iPhone. Later, they will discuss in thclassroom.
  • If the sea is far from your school, explore Google EarthLet your students find and explore just about any location on our planet using BYOD.
  • Go out to a local park for the study of free animals and some plants. Get some pics using mobile devices.

2014 International Day for Biodiversity Celebrations around the world:

Your flag will appear here when the CBD Secretariat receives information about your country's celebrations. 

Events coordinated by International Organisations are listed at the bottom of the page. 

You can also organise an activity yourself in your school, or community.

Of course you have the last post on  World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development that can help you to link these two celebrations. You will find some activities.

Every person can make a difference! You make the difference with your students.


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