Wednesday May 22, 2024: World Biodiversity Day

Wednesday May 22, 2024: World Biodiversity Day
Wednesday May 22, 2024: World Biodiversity Day

The biodiversity. (Ph:Dr)

While no one today thinks of questioning the importance of biological diversity for the present and for future generations, certain human activities continue to reduce the number of living species: intensive agriculture and massive spraying of phytosanitary products, intensive fishing and industrial breeding, hunting of protected species, deforestation, etc.

Commit to defending biodiversity

Coming into force in 1993, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has been ratified so far by 196 states. This international convention aims to defend biological diversity, the sustainable use of natural resources and the protection of genetic resources. We would be incomplete if we omitted the absolute necessity of a fair and equitable sharing of the benefits enabled by the maintenance of biodiversity.

Given the importance of public education and awareness raising for the implementation of the Convention at all levels, the United Nations General Assembly chose the date of May 22, the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention. convention, as the International Day for Biological Diversity. [résolution 55/201 du 20 décembre 2000].

30 years of commitment to biological diversity

The year 2023 marks the 30th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Applied by a certain number of signatory states, it has also been undermined by a number of others who seem to have little concern about all these questions or are primarily concerned with their unilateral economic development.

Suffice to say that the mobilization of all is more necessary than ever…

How many species are we known in the world today?

Biodiversity encompasses all living animal and plant species on land (and in the seas). The biosphere is home to between 5 and 30 million species (estimate).

Around 1.7 million animal species are recorded, and each year new species are recorded. Unfortunately, many species are also disappearing, often due to the irresponsible actions of human society.

Many websites are devoted to this subject and it is useful to visit the United Nations website on the Convention on Biological Diversity.

It will perhaps be easier to obtain information by visiting the site proposed by the (French) Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Regional Planning.




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