International Day for Biological Diversity


The United Nations proclaimed May 22 International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme for this year is Biodiversity for Sustainable Development which reflects the importance of efforts made at all levels to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda for the period of 2015-2030 and the relevance of biodiversity for the achievement of sustainable development. 

The selection of the theme also underlines the adoption of the Gangwon Declaration, by ministers and participants to the High-level Segment of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The Gangwon Declaration welcomed the importance given to biodiversity in the outcome document of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals and called for the further integration and mainstreaming of biodiversity in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

ICIMOD celebrates this important day each year, and the following activities are proposed for this year.

Centre-level activities

  • Message from the Director Genera
  • Feature article by Janita Gurung, Biodiversity Conservation and Management Specialist, ICIMOD has been published online by various news agencies in the region.
    1. Integrating disaster resilience in ecosystems management

      Government-level activities

      • Activities in close coordination with the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, GoN

        To support the Nepal Government’s activities, ICIMOD along with various consortium members, are collaborating with the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation to build a ‘Community Hall’ using local biodiversity resources in Sudal, a village in the Mahamanjushree Municipality, Ward No 7, Jhapro Tole, in Bhaktapur which was hard hit by the recent earthquake. This community hall will serve as a temporary shelter for local people at the moment, and later it will be used as a venue for community meetings and discussions and to run classes for schools.

      Regional-level activities

      • Pakistan

        Our country office in Pakistan is organizing a seminar in collaboration with partner organizations to discuss biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in the context of transboundary issues, challenges, and opportunities for local livelihoods. The seminar aims to raise awareness among the masses, specifically youth, about the conflict between the current biodiversity conservation approaches and enhancing local livelihoods.