Today is International Day for Biological Diversity
Today, 22 May, is International Day for Biological Diversity. This year’s theme is Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism. This theme was chosen because the United Nations has proclaimed 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
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 tourism sector can contribute significantly to reducing threats to, and maintain or increase, key wildlife populations and biodiversity values through tourism revenue.
Events to mark the day around the world are listed on this page.