2010 International Year of Biodiversity
The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. The Convention on Biodiversity took place in October in Japan. Governments all over the world gathered to decide on targets and actions for 2020 to halt the alarming loss of biodiversity.
Our work on biodiversity
Wetlands International works globally to protect and restore the rich biodiversity of wetlands. Wetlands like marshes, lakes and coastal zones have on average the richest biodiversity of all ecosystems as e.g. millions of waterbirds depend on them. We also show the importance of these ecosystems to attenuate the global water crisis.
Wetlands International will be strongly involved in advising governments on the targets and actions for 2020; by attending the meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity and providing our views and policy advise.
For information on our policy work at this convention, contact Kemi Seesink.
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Wetlands International and its partners are organising many activities around the world to celebrate to International Day of Biodiversity on May 22 2010. Below is a small overview of some of the activities:
In Senegal, in the Saloum Delta, the Programme Regionale pour la Protection de la Zone Cotière (PRCM), and BIOMAC (West African Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Network) project will hold a celebration with high school students and other local actors to rais awareness for the protection of iconic species like the West African manatee (Trichechus senegalensis
). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
In Sierra Leone the PRCM focal point and government together with Conservation Society of Sierra Leone are mobilising youth for the celebration of International Biodiversity Day 2010, also on Saturday 22nd
May. Next to a march through Freetown and a forum on the significance on biodiversity, a field trip to Lumbley beach will be held, where participants will clean up the polluted beach. Contact: Jamesiaffa@yahoo.co.uk
In Kenya, Nairobi the celebration will be held with a replanting ceremony at Unon Giri with school children. The event, also on Saturday 22nd May, will feature many UNEP and GEF officials and will start in the National Museum of Kenya. Contact: email@example.com
For more activities and celebrations of the International Day of Biodiversity, please go to the page of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)