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DENR leads International Biodiversity Day Celebration

The Philippines along with 195 member countries of the Convention on Biological Diversity celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDBD) every May 22 annually to promote understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues with this year’s theme, “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.” The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) thru the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) spearheads the yearly IDBD celebration. Various activities are lined up for this year’s event.  A Youth Summer Camp will be conducted on May 19-21, 2015 at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center, Quezon City. This will be participated in by around 150 students and teachers from the six (6) school districts of the City of Manila. Partners for the conduct of camp activities include USAID-B+WISER Project, Haribon Foundation and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity. Sponsors for the camp include Maynilad, RFM Foods Corp., ARC Refreshments Corp., First Gen Corp., Gardenia Philippines, and EL Laboratories.


In collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, a photo contest called “Selfie Take 2 for Biodiversity” is also being run encouraging the public to capture in a single photo, commitments and efforts on the conservation and protection of biodiversity. Deadline for submission of photo entries is on May 19, 2015.

 

Culminating the celebration is the Media Launch of the Biodiversity Advocacy Campaign to be conducted on the IDBD itself, May 22, 2015. The Campaign aims to get the support of media and other relevant partners in disseminating relevant information to increase public awareness and appreciation on the values, importance and benefits of conserving biodiversity, and at the same time generate public support towards biodiversity conservation and protection. People ought to understand what biodiversity provides to sustain life in this planet, for them to value and care for these resources.