Story International Biodiversity Day Sunday 22 May 2005

The annual International Biological Diversity Day 2005 will be celebrated on Sunday 22 May. The focus this year is on the importance of biodiversity as the Life Insurance for our Changing World, where the growing human populations and expanding consumption are placing great pressure on biological diversity. Countries and organisations and private citizens are invited to join the clebration with their own activities and to inform the CBD Secreatriat about them. A global poster has been produced and can be downloaded from http://www.cbd.int/ibd/2005/.

Release date 20/04/2005
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Concerned URL http://www.cbd.int/ibd/2005/ | http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2005/ntf-2005-046-bdy-es.pdf

Citation from the CBD message for the 22 May 2005: 'The world is changing faster than ever before. Growing human populations and expanding consumption are placing great pressure on biological diversity. This year's theme for IBD reminds us that, in addition to providing the physical conditions for all life, biodiversity also plays an important role in protecting life and making it resilient to the pressures brought about by change. The theme is also especially relevant for this year in the context of the launch of the biodiversity synthesis report of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. This five-year programme, initiated by the Secretary General, studied the relationship between ecosystems and human well-being. The report findings underline the importance of biological diversity in providing not just the concrete services upon which life depends, but also those services which allow systems to be resilient and robust in the face of change. The findings point out that we must be vigilant and conserve and use biological diversity in a sustainable manner, in order to guarantee our survival and that of generations to come. .. Suggested activities for the day, and updated news on the latest developments will be available on the CBD web site at: http://www.cbd.int/ibd/2005/ ... The full text of this notification is available on the CBD website at: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2005/ntf-2005-046-bdy-es.pdf