International Year of Biodiversity

15 January 2010 | News story

The UN has declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB). The key aim for IUCN during this year will be to influence the decisions and outcomes of the October Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties.

Throughout 2010 countless initiatives will be organized to disseminate information, promote biodiversity conservation and encourage organizations, institutions, companies and individuals to take direct action to stop the loss of biological diversity worldwide.

The objectives of the International Year of Biodiversity are to:
• Raise awareness of the importance of conserving biodiversity for human well-being and promote understanding of the economic value of biodiversity
• Enhance public knowledge of the threats to biodiversity and means to conserve it, and engage an increasing number of people in conservation
• Begin to communicate the post-2010 biodiversity target(s) 

The International Year of Biodiversity is a unique opportunity to engage key stakeholders such as the corporate world in nature conservation. This will be done by increasing the private sector’s understanding of the need for biodiversity and highlighting the business opportunities that exist in conserving nature.

One of the topics of interest to business is the setting of the post-2010 biodiversity targets by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). IUCN is seeking input from its stakeholders, including the private sector, on the CBD Strategic Plan and will be preparing its own position paper.

During the CBD Conference of the Parties in October 2010 in Nagoya, IUCN and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development are organizing a special event on Business and Ecosystems.

An especially-designed IUCN International Year of Biodiversity portal is being continually updated with interesting stories, videos and interviews related to biodiversity conservation. The aim is to build greater awareness of biodiversity and the global extinction crisis as well as its broad-ranging implications. IUCN will stress the importance of nature in economic development, human well-being and poverty reduction. Special emphasis will be placed on conservation actions aimed at protecting species, managing and restoring protected areas, and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources.

Some key events and dates:
• Launch of the International Year of Biodiversity (21-22 January, Paris, France)
• International Workshop on Innovative Financial Mechanisms ( 27-29 January, Bonn, Germany)
• Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity (1-5 February, Trondheim, Norway)
• High-level segment of the Commission on Sustainable Development, 13-15 May New York, USA
• Fourteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 14) (10 - 21 May 2010 Nairobi, Kenya)
• Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD WGRI3) (24-28 May, Nairobi, Kenya)
• CBD Conference of the Parties 10 (18-29 October, Nagoya, Japan)

More information:

http://www.iucn.org/iyb
http://www.countdown2010.net/year-biodiversity