International Biodiversity Day

Volunteers removing Garlic Mustard

Volunteers removing Garlic Mustard (an invasive species) on Biodiversity Day 2009

The International Day for Biological Diversity or International Biodiversity Day (IBD) occurs annually on May 22nd. More information about IBD is available from the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The theme of 2016′s IBD is Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and Their Livelihoods. Biodiversity is the foundation for life and for the essential services provided by ecosystems. It therefore underpins peoples’ livelihoods and sustainable development in all areas of activity, including economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism, among others. By halting biodiversity loss, we are investing in people, their lives and their well-being.

Each year BEAN promotes a day of local action and awareness to engage Ontarians in the conservation and improvement of biodiversity.  Examples of past events include BioBlitzes, restoration plantings, guided nature walks, and garlic mustard removal in local woodlots.

In some years financial support is available for groups undertaking events in recognition of Biodiversity Day. Please check back for 2016 updates, or join our email list below.

We invite event coordinators and others to visit the IBD Toolkit Page, which includes event checklists, BEAN logo, lesson plans and more! If you are holding a biodiversity-related in your area on Biodiversity Day – or any other time of year – please consider promoting it on BEAN’s online Event Calendar.

Join our email list to receive periodic updates about Biodiversity Day, new teaching resources, and more!

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