International Biodiversity Day: Be part of the solution!

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The International Day for Biological Diversity is celebrated every year on May 22nd to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. This year, the celebrations take place under the slogan “We’re part of the solution #ForNature!”

Happy Biodiversity Day!

Biodiversity is the living fabric of our planet and it is much more then plants, animals, micro organisms and their ecosystems. Biodiversity provides the whole world with food, medicine, fresh air and water, shelter, and a clean and healthy environment.

The International Day of Biodiversity has been adopted by the United Nation to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the biggest international legal instrument for biodiversity conservation and its sustainable use.

This year, the celebration focuses on the future global biodiversity framework and the slogan for this edition is “We’re part of the solution”. As the Biodiversity Day has to be celebrated once again virtually, you can let your creativity run wild to express online what the slogan means to you and how YOU are being part of the solution #ForNature.

To show your support and participation, you can also customize the logo and display it as a banner on your website or social media – just as we did at the top of this news article!

EUROPARC and biodiversity conservation

Biodiversity conservation is one of the main goals of the EUROPARC Network. We celebrate and promote efficient conservation policies, knowledge-sharing and good management practices that respect or enhance biodiversity. Last year, EUROPARC took an active part in the discussions on the EU 2030 Biodiversity Strategy. Read the Position Paper on the EU targets for Protected Areas, developed with 17 other members of the European Habitat Forum.

Beyond our geographical scope of action, we are aware that the global biodiversity loss requires a global action. That’s why EUROPARC supports and tries to play an active role in initiatives such as the Global coalition for biodiversity to raise awareness about the need to protect and restore biological diversity all around the world.

Make your voice heard before the #COP15

The world is counting the days before the adoption of a new global Post-2020 biodiversity framework. The long-awaited framework will be based on negotiations leading up to the UN Biodiversity Conference of the Parties, known as COP15. After being postponed already twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the meeting is now scheduled to take place in October 2021 in Kunming, China.

Every remaining day before the Conference counts to make your voice heard loud and clear and the International Day for Biodiversity is a great opportunity to remind of that.

Don’t wait any longer and let the world know that you wish for a strong global biodiversity framework that will reverse biodiversity loss. Let the world know you care about the future!

On this page, you can find inspirational messages from world leaders, organisations and individuals in support of the Biodiversity Day. To voice your concerns, ideas and support online, tag your message with #COP15, #ForNature and #BiodiversityDay.

Join the Global Biodiversity Festival

Each year, the International Day for Biodiversity hosts a number of exciting events. This year, despite the ongoing Covid situation, is no exception. Launched last year, the Global Biodiversity Festival is airing its second edition from the 20 to 23rd May 2021. You can look forward to a 72 hours live broadcast, with over 150 inspiring speakers from around the globe – including scientists, explorers, conservationists and others.

The event is open and free to join for anyone from anywhere, but registration is required to to join the talks and events. Find more information and register here!