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International Biodiversity Day 2013

May 22nd is International Biodiversity Day, first established by the UN in 1993.  The aim of the day is to promote the fact that we need to preserve our planet, and the only way to do that is by making sure that the biodiversity that populates remains just that, diverse.

International Biodiversity Day 2013 album courtesy of Frontier

If too many species are lost then the fragile system that keeps the planet healthy and working as it should, will potentially be destroyed. That is why the Convention on Biological Diversity was created as an internationally legally binding treaty. The three main goals of the creation of the Convention are as follows: conservation of biological diversity, sustainable use of its components and, fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources. In simpler terms, the aim of the treaty is to develop national strategies for conservation and sustainability, and carries a lot of weighty terms and conditions regarding sustainable development.

The convention recognised that for the first time in international law that the conservation of biological diversity is a “common concern of humankind” and something that become a responsibility of global proportions. By covering all ecosystem species, and genetic resources, the agreement links conservation efforts to the ultimate economic goal of using resources sustainably. This all sounds very complex and there are some vital rules and regulations that the convention has laid out, but quite simply - it’s about keeping the biodiversity of the world as it is, while learning how to use the world resources regardless of which country those resources are found in, in an appropriate and sustainably manner that doesn’t affect the biodiversity of that area of the world in a negative way.

Education and public awareness is a huge issue that the convention deals with, and by having events such as Biodiversity Day, awareness of global issues and concerns can be raised, while also educating the general public on things that can be done to rectify or reduce these issues. It has been decided that the theme for this year’s celebrations of the bio diverse life on earth will be Water& Biodiversity, the reasons being that it will coincide with the United Nations designation of 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation. It is in order to raise public awareness of the importance of water and preserving it; the Convention on Biological Diversity says that “water is essential for life. No living being on planet Earth can survive without it. It is a prerequisite for human health and well-being as well as for the preservation of the environment.” Countries worldwide will be having their own celebrations and promotional events on the subject of water and biodiversity, often encouraging large gestures of conservation and protection of a beloved area or species.

In order to get involved on Biodiversity Day you can do many things, you can promote an endangered animal, area of water, or habitat that you are particularly fond of through social media, blog articles, school and work to make your friends and family aware of the issues. You can join various campaigns and petitions to help change laws, prevent laws, or stop laws and policies that may be harmful to certain biodiverse areas. You can join the billiontreecampaign and pledge to help plant more trees, and join the Green Wave to bring together children and youth from around the world to raise awareness of biodiversity and the need to reduce its loss.

By Ellie Cambridge

Frontier offers conservation projects with the sole purpose of helping reduce the loss of biodiversity. By undertaking surveys of area of forest and rainforest, important data is produced that can then lead to the area becoming protected, but none of it can be done without your help.

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