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International Day for Biological Diversity

May 22

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

This theme emphasises hope, solidarity and the importance of working together at all levels to build a future of life in harmony with nature. The Convention on Biological Diversity decides a theme for the day every year. Building momentum to increase awareness on the importance of biodiversity and global issues on biodiversity loss are the aims that this day seeks to achieve.

Around 25 per cent of all animal and plant species across the world are threatened with extinction. As far as land use is concerned, 85 per cent of wetlands is converted, while 75 per cent of land surface across the world has been altered.

NbS are actions that protect, sustainably manage and restore natural or modified ecosystems that simultaneously provide human well-being and biodiversity benefits, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).