Celebrating International Day for Biological Diversity – 22 May 2014


The United Nations proclaimed May 22 the International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. In late 1993 the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly had chosen December 29 (the date on which the Convention on Biological Diversity entered into force) to celebrate global biodiversity. It was only in December 2000 that the UN General Assembly changed the date to May 22, to commemorate the adoption of the text of the by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity. As 2014 has been designated as the International Year of Small Island Developing States by the UN General Assembly, the theme for this year’s IDBD is Island Biodiversity.

Centre-level activities

Govt-level activities

Regional Level Activities

  • Northeast India, Eco Concept
    School children from five different schools will be taken on a three-day community learning tour of nearby villages and some areas in Guwahati, Assam.  They will talk to local people and visit local food markets to learn about the agricultural systems, sustainable livelihoods and adaptation strategies. After the trip, the students will go back to their schools and organize an event to share their learning with their peers on the International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May 2014).
    Report: IBDB 2014 Eco Concept

  • Pakistan 
    ICIMOD country office in Islamabad and IUCN Pakistan will jointly organize a series of activities to celebrate IDB

    • World Turtle Day 2014 & International Biodiversity Day 2014  Saving the Endangered Sea Turtles on Coastal Areas of Pakistan Project, 23 May, 2014, Sandspit Beach Karachi