Celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity

Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism

The blue-throated barbet (Psilopogon asiaticus) is one of 525 species of bird recorded in the Gaoligongshan National Nature Reserve (GNRR), China, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. With its range of natural forests, the reserve is home to a large number of flora and fauna, many of which are endemic. Close to 2,400 species, including many that are rare and endangered, have been recorded within its boundaries, alongside a sizable human population. While anthropogenic activities do pose a threat to the animals, in recent years, ecotourism has developed into a means for subsistence among the human inhabitants of the reserve.  

Photo Credit:  Gao Senfeng,  member of Hebei Branch of China Photographers Association (CPA)
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The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) every year on 22 May. This year, along with the rest of the world, it is doing so under the theme “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism” https://www.cbd.int/idb/.  The theme has been chosen to coincide with the observance of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly.  

The celebration of the IDB under this theme provides an opportunity to raise awareness and promote action towards strengthening the important contributions sustainable tourism makes to both economic growth and to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The aim is to contribute to the overall understanding of the relationship between tourism and biodiversity, and to assess the ways in which tourism can contribute to the protection of biodiversity and enhance its role as a main resource for tourism destinations.

ICIMOD will be celebrating this important day by organizing various programmes in-house as well as with our regional partners and country offices.

Programme Highlights

1.  Message from the Director General
2. Newspaper article for regional media uptake
3.  Newspaper article for Nepal national media uptake
4.  Photo story/exhibition
5.  Knowledge Forum
Seeing is Believing: Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism in the HKH
Plenary discussion
6. Biodiversity and Tourism Festival
Feel the Rhythm: Experience biodiversity and sustainable tourism events from across the HKH
7. Support/collaborate on programmes organized by regional partners/country offices