The 22 May every year is observed by the United Nations as the International Day for Biological Diversity. The purpose of this day is to raise public awareness about the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which is concerned with “the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources” (UN).
This year, the theme for International Day for Biological Diversity is “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism.”
Diversity in species, ecosystems and landscapes attracts tourism and promotes economic growth. In turn, a well-managed tourist sector can help reduce threats to key wildlife populations, and can maintain or increase biodiversity, through tourism revenue.
The celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity under the theme “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism” is an opportunity to raise awareness of the important contribution of sustainable tourism both to economic growth and to the conservation of biodiversity.
This theme has been chosen to coincide with the observance of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and can contribute to ongoing initiatives such as the Sustainable Tourism Programme.
For more information about the International Day for Biological Diversity, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and about biodiversity and sustainable tourism, head to www.un.org/en/events/biodiversityday.