World Biodiversity Day is a United Nations sanctioned day to promote the issues around biodiversity.
Over 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity, while over 1.6 billion people rely on forests and non-timber forest products for their livelihoods.
Humanity’s fate is tightly linked with biological diversity – the variety of life on earth. Biodiversity is essential for sustainable development and human well-being. It is crucial to the reduction of poverty, due to the basic goods and ecosystem services it provides.
This year’s theme is Biodiversity for Sustainable Development, and reflects the importance of efforts made at all levels to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda.
To mark International Day For Biological Diversity, why not take Freshwater Species Saver and find out what species are living in youra local water source!