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Theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May 2017 announced!

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Theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May 2017 announced!

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) on 22 May 2017 as “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism”.

This theme has been chosen to coincide with the observance of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 70/193 (

Tourism relates to many of the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets. For some Targets (for example 5, 8, 9, 10 and 12) this is primarily about ensuring greater control and management to reduce damage to biodiversity from tourism. For others (1, 11, 15, 18, and 20) this is about pursuing the positive contribution of tourism to biodiversity awareness, protected areas, habitat restoration, community engagement, and resource mobilization. A further dimension is the better integration of biodiversity and sustainability into development policies and business models that include tourism, thereby supporting Aichi Biodiversity Targets 2 and 4.

Celebration of the IDB under this theme therefore provides an opportunity to raise awareness and action towards the important contribution of sustainable tourism both to economic growth and to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Furthermore, the theme also provides a unique opportunity to contribute to ongoing initiatives such as the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns and to promote the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development.

CBD invites Parties and relevant organizations to take this theme into account in their plans for activities to celebrate IDB 2017 and to keep the Secretariat informed of their activities so that they may be included in the special pages of the CBD website devoted to these celebrations worldwide,

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4 February, 2017 - 00:24