International Day for Biological Diversity

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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 2015 - Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is about meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of future generations. Biodiversity, the variety of life on earth, is essential for sustainable development. Biodiversity provides the material, infrastructure and ecosystem services needed to support sustainable economic development, food security and human health and well-being now and into the future.

  • Biodiversity provides us with clean air and water, food, fibres, and genetic material for medicine, and is essential for plant pollination, healthy soil, and resilience to withstand disturbances like pests and diseases, all of which are vital to sustainable development.
  • Biodiversity is the basis for sustainable livelihoods and local economies in Canada which depend on healthy, productive ecosystems: biodiversity is essential for nature tourism, farming, forestry, fishing and much more. The 2012 Canadian Nature Survey found that 11% of Canadian adults derive their primary income directly from a nature-related profession.
  • Biodiversity supports ecosystem services that enable sustainable development and support healthy communities, including:
    • Flood and drought control;
    • Climate change mitigation;
    • Control of air pollution;
    • Opportunities for recreation, physical activity, cognitive development and learning, spirituality and cultural identity;
    • Biodiversity in cities helps control heatwaves, traps storm water runoff, and supports urban agriculture.

Organizations across Canada and around the world are planning events on or around May 22 to celebrate biodiversity. Here are some events happening in Canada:

  • Get to Know BioBlitz – celebrating art and biodiversity at national parks, historical sights, urban green spaces and school yards from coast to coast to coast beginning May 22 and running all summer long.
  • On May 21 and 22, the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa is going green! To mark International Biodiversity Day, the glass tower at the front of the century old building will light up in green. On May 21 this special “greening” compliments “Science by Night”, a free public event to celebrate science and biodiversity. On May 22 the Queens’ Lantern will once again take on her green glow to highlight the importance of biodiversity during the after-hours event, Nature Nocturne. Don't miss it!
  • Beaty Biodiversity Museum (Vancouver, BC) – free general admission to the museum on May 22 and launch of a new exhibition: 34 Wonders of the World. Explore 34 biodiversity hotspots around the world through stunning images. This spotlight exhibition features photographs that celebrate the diverse natural beauty of these areas and their vital importance to human well-being.

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.