May 22: International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB)

‘International Biodiversity Day’ observed across the world on May 22.


  • To step-up understanding and awareness about biodiversity issues.
  • To make people aware about the importance of biodiversity on the one hand and its unprecedented loss on the other.
  • The day is an opportunity to promote conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

Theme for 2012: “Marine Biodiversity

Marine Biodiversity is the theme for this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). Designation of IDB 2012 on the theme of marine ecosystems provides Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and everyone interested in marine life, the opportunity to raise awareness of the issue and increase practical action.


It refers to the variety of flora and fauna that make up the ecosystem and the preservation of the ecosystem is vital to natural balance and human existence.


The United Nations proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29 December (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity), was designated The International Day for Biological Diversity. In December 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted 22 May as IDB, to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity. This was partly done because it was difficult for many countries to plan and carry out suitable celebrations for the date of 29 December, given the number of holidays that coincide around that time of year.



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