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International Day for Biological Diversity

 

22-May-2017 International Day for Biological Diversity 2017

 

May 22, 2017
 

22nd May is observed as the International Day for Biological Diversity. This day is celebrated to promote and increase the understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

 

The theme for this year is  Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism.


This theme has been chosen to coincide with the observance of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in its Resolution 70/193 and for which the United Nations World Tourism Organization is providing leadership. Biodiversity, at the level of species and ecosystems, provides an important foundation for many aspects of tourism. Recognition of the great importance to tourism economies of attractive landscapes and a rich biodiversity underpins the political and economic case for biodiversity conservation. Many issues addressed under the Convention on Biological Diversity directly affect the tourism sector. A well-managed tourist sector can contribute significantly to reducing threats to, and maintain or increase, key wildlife populations and biodiversity values through tourism revenue.

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