International Day for Biological Diversity Day (Island Biodiversity) On 22TH MAY, 2014

International Day for Biological Diversity Day

The 22nd of May is the International day for Biological Diversity, and this year the theme is Island Biodiversity. Islands house a disproportionate amount of the world’s biodiversity: although less than 5% of the world’s land area, they are home to over 20% of the planet’s terrestrial biodiversity, and in the last 500 years 80% of vertebrate extinctions have been on islands. Invasive species have been implicated in over half of these extinctions.

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Island Biodiversity
The theme Island Biodiversity was chosen to coincide with the designation by the United Nations General Assembly of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States. 

International Day for Biological Diversity Day

Today is International Day for Biological Diversity and it’s an ideal time for Aucklanders to find out what can be done in our own backyards to help improve our region’s biodiversity.

International Day for Biological Diversity is a United Nations initiative and is celebrated in 32 countries. It aims to increase the understanding and awareness of how important healthy biodiverse ecosystems are to us as a population.

With over one-third of New Zealand’s native shrubs, trees and fern species, and over half of New Zealand’s bird species being found in our region, Biodiversity Day provides Aucklanders with an opportunity to connect with the unique wildlife in their backyard.

Activities

Coincided with the observance of International Day for Biological Diversity, on May 2011 Indonesian Forestry Minister inaugurated the Ciwalen Canopy Trail that is 120 meters long and 60 meters wide at an elevation of 30–40 meters above the ground at Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park, West Java to accommodate 5 to 10 people in one trip.

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