This year is the fourth year of the International Decade of Bİoviversity ,the themes for international Day of Biodiversity and World Environmenyt Day is same. It will be nice to see Biolohical Diversity Challenge activities of UN Yunga prior to this dates
International Day for Biological Diversity 2014
Islands and their surrounding near-shore marine areas constitute unique ecosystems often comprising many plant and animal species that are endemic—found nowhere else on Earth. The legacy of a unique evolutionary history these ecosystems are irreplaceable treasures. They are also key to the livelihood, economy, well-being and cultural identity of 600 million islanders—one-tenth of the world’s population. Read more about the importance of islands.
Island Biodiversity - Why is it Important?
Islands are home to some 600 million people—one-tenth of the world's population. Many islanders are endowed with unique cultures and derive much of their economic, resources in their immediate environment. Islands harbour numerous discrete ecosystems, from mountain forests to wetlands and beyond, that provide food, fresh water, wood, fibre, medicines, fuel, tools and other important raw materials, in addition to aesthetic, spiritual, educational and recreational values, that support island livelihoods, economies and cultures. Island ecosystems also contribute to the maintenance of ecosystem functions: they provide defence against natural disasters, support nutrient cycling, and soil and sand formation; and they contribute to the regulation of climate and diseases.
Post your photographs of action on biodiversity
Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations, are invited to share digital photos
(amateur or professional) relevant to the theme of “Island Biodiversity” for possible use for IDB 2014
outreach materials. The CBD will need to be granted the rights to use these photos for non-commercial purposes. The photos could be used for future CBD publications outside of the IDB framework. Please send high-quality digital photographs in JPEG, TIFF or PSD format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos of 300 dpi with a physical dimension of at least 10 by 15 centimetres (4 by 6 inches) will be suitable. When sending, please include information about the content of the photo, and the
name of the person to be credited. If the file size of the photo(s) exceeds 3 megabytes, kindly inform the Secretariat and an alternate means to send the photos will be provided. We look forward to your contribution to this important event.
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