Biodiversity Day

 The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is pleased to announce the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) on 22 May 2013 will be:

 
“Water and Biodiversity”
 
The theme was chosen to coincide with the United Nations designation of 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation. UNESCO has been chosen as the lead agency to promote the global celebrations and to help raise awareness on the critical issues facing water management.
 
Water sustains all life on Earth. It is vital for all people and ultimately determines our way of life.  Providing and sustaining water for the needs of people around the world is already well recognized as a major challenge for sustainable development in most areas in both developed and developing countries.  The ecosystems of our world, but particularly forests and wetlands, ensure that clean water is available to human communities. Water in turn underpins all ecosystem services.
 
Wetlands can help reduce risks from flooding.  Restoring soils can reduce erosion and pollution and can increase water available for crops. Protected areas can assist in providing water to cities.  These are but a few examples of how ecosystem management can help us solve water-related problems.
 
Water – the source of all Life on Earth – is a cross-cutting topic and requires partnerships for its management. Solutions to water management issues are included in the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Targets.
 
The Secretariat will develop, in early 2013, a variety of outreach materials to help celebrate the day including a web page with key messages and a booklet on the theme
 
To assist in this preparation, I invite all Parties, non-governmental organizations and other organizations to provide their suggestions on ways to celebrate this day.
 
I further invite all to begin their preparations for celebrating IDB 2013. Suggested activities for the day, and updated news on the latest developments will be made be available on the designated IDB site at: http://www.cbd.int/idb/.
 

Biodiversity Day

World Biodiversity day celebrated at Garamchishma.
CHITRAL:  Program for Mountain Areas Conservation (PMAC) celebrated World Biodiversity day in collaboration with conservation management committee and village conservation commit (VCC). Ata Elahi while while highlighting  importance of natural resources and its conservation stressed upon the stakeholders to must preserve the natural resources for protection the environment and for our best future. He said that due to changing in climate the environment also changing globally. He said if we not preserve our natural resources like water, wild life, forest, mountains, etc we will face great difficulties in future. Principal of Government Higher Secondary school Garamchishma emphasized on students to must convey the message at their homes as well as at their neighbors and share with your family members regarding raising awareness about environment. As 2009 have been declared Year of the Environment and this is a series of such celebrations and jubilations to aware the general public and masses regarding conservation of environment particularly and especially mountains areas. Other speakers a member of natural club and people belongs to all walks of life participated in the function. A speech competition on the title of World Biodiversity day was also held among the students of different schools. While a football tournament was also contested among the students. All of the participants determined for conservation and protection of biodiversity and natural resources as well as mountain areas at the region for their best future. It is worth to mention here that PMAC ministry of Environment arranging such fruitful programs and ceremonies in this mountainous and forest rich area for awareness raising among the masses regarding conservation of mountain areas and importance of biodiversity for human life. A walk comprising over students of different private schools was also held in this connection regarding importance of biodiversity.