International Day for Biological Diversity DayThe 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 BiodiversityThe 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
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.