International Day for Biological Diversity

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Mark your calendar: May 22 is International Day for Biodiversity!

The United Nations International Day for Biological Diversity is celebrated each year on May 22nd to increase understanding, awareness, and positive action surrounding biodiversity issues.

Theme for 2016: Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods

Biodiversity is the foundation for life and for the essential services provided by ecosystems. It therefore underpins peoples’ livelihoods and sustainable development in all areas of activity, including economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism, among others. By halting biodiversity loss, we are investing in people, their lives and their well-being.

Events and information

Organizations across Canada and around the world are planning events on or around May 22 to celebrate biodiversity. Visit this page to find events happening near you and let us know if there’s an event we’ve missed.

Can’t find an International Day for Biodiversity event happening near you? Organize your own! Have a look at our Event Planning Guide for tips on how to organize a great celebration in your community. Check out Biodiversity Education and Awareness Network for more tips and resources on International Day for Biodiversity events and event planning.

More information and resources related to the annual theme are available at the Convention on Biological Diversity web site.