International Day for Biological Diversity: May 22, 2015

| May 18, 2015

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According to the United Nations, more than 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity. A further 1.6 billion rely on forests and non-timber forest products for their livelihoods.

Habitat degradation and the loss of biodiversity are threatening the livelihoods of more than 1 billion people who live in dry and sub-humid lands. The UN says that we must develop strategies to protect biodiversity in order to reduce poverty and encourage sustainable development.

The UN General Assembly has proclaimed May 22 as The International Day for Biological Diversity. The Day aims to increase understanding and awareness of issues related to biodiversity.

The theme for 2015 is Biodiversity for Sustainable Development. This theme reflects the importance of efforts at local, national and global levels to establish the relevance of biodiversity to achieving sustainable development. Events are planned from Benin to Togo – invite your listeners to get involved locally!

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