Participate in 4th National Photograph Contest on “BioDiversity” 2023 – Last date 21 May 2023

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International Day for Biodiversity (IDB) 2020: Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration for the International Day for Biological Diversity is through online. 

“As we encroach on nature and deplete vital habitats, increasing numbers of species are at risk. That includes humanity and the future we want.” – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres 

There is an indissoluble connection between nature and human life. We are dependent on healthy, diverse natural systems for our food and health to a staggering extent. Therefore, 22 May has been observed as International Day of Biodiversity to raise awareness about several biodiversity issues. On 29 December, 1993 it was first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly. Since 2001, it is celebrated every year. 

Nature has given everything, we, in fact, take benefits from nature but mostly we take it granted. IPBES monthly report says that to save ourselves it is necessary to conserve nature. It’s an urgent requirement. The day is also celebrated to thanks nature and what all it brings to us.

What is Biodiversity?

Biodiversity is generated from two words “biological” and “diversity”. It refers to all the variety of life that can be found on Earth-like plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms. Also, it refers to the communities that they form and the habitats in which they live.

In the article 2 of the Convention on Biological Diversity, a formal definition of Biological diversity is mentioned: It means the variability among living organisms from all sources including inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems.

So, we can say that Biodiversity is the combination of life forms and their interactions with each other and with the rest of the environment that has made Earth a uniquely habitable place for humans. No doubt biodiversity provides a large number of goods and services that sustain our lives.

What is the Grassland Ecosystem?

International Day for Biodiversity (IDB) 2023: Theme

The theme of the International Day of Biological Diversity (IDB) 2023 is: “Our solutions are in nature”.

The whole community in the world in spite of technological advances are totally dependent on healthy ecosystems for our health, water, food, medicines, clothes, fuel, etc. The 2023 theme focuses on hope, solidarity and the importance of working together or to come together to build a future of life in harmony with nature. The year 2023 is a year of reflection, opportunity and solutions. It is our duty to “Build Back Better” by using the time to come up, build nations and communities as we recover from COVID-19 pandemic. It is necessary to build a global framework that will “bend the curve” on biodiversity loss as it will benefit humans and all life on Earth.

Aryan Kr

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