International Day for Biodiversity 2011: Biodiversity and Forests
On the occasion of the 2011 International Year of Forests, the theme for International Day for Biodiversity in 2011 has been selected to be "Biodiversity and Forests." The global launch of the UN Decade on Biodiversity is also scheduled to take place on this date, in Tokyo, Japan.
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.
As a member of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, IUCN will play a key role in increasing public awareness of the centrality of the world’s forests to human and natural well-being. Over the course of the year, IUCN will be highlighting new findings from its innovative Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy, announcing bold new initiatives in its forest landscape restoration work and building upon recent successes of the international 2010 REDD-plus (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest degradation) agenda.
REDD is an approach to achieving reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions that is currently under negotiation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). REDD-plus includes: Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries.
The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. It is a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. The world is invited to take action in 2010 to safeguard the variety of life on earth: biodiversity
The International Year of Biodiversity is a unique opportunity to increase understanding of the vital role that biodiversity plays in sustaining life on Earth.
Visit the pages to find out:
• The important role biodiversity plays in our lives and what is happening to it.
• What people are doing around the world to combat biodiversity loss
• How people are celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity
• Some of the resources available to you in your celebrations
Take Action in 2010 and beyond, because Biodiversity is life
Biodiversity is our life
The International Day for Biological Diversity 22 May 2009
Invasive Alien Species
The theme for the International Day on Biological Diversity (IDB) in 2009 was invasive alien species (IAS) - one of the greatest threats to biodiversity, and to the ecological and economic well-being of society and the planet. Designation of IDB 2009 on the theme of invasive alien species provides Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and those dealing with IAS, opportunity to raise awareness of the issue and increase practical action to tackle the problem.
The CBD has developed a number of materials for the IDB that provide excellent information sources on IAS available at http://www.cbd.int/idb/2009/.
On this web page you will find links to a downloadable poster, a bookmark, as well an illustrated 24-page booklet "Invasive Alien Species: a threat to biodiversity".
Click here to view an interactive map where ISSG members have presented regional reports on the spread, management and impacts of invasive species. Please note: the map page will open into a new window.
Upcoming Events 2011
18awc: 18th Australasian Weeds Conference 2012 October 8 - 11, 2012 Melbourne, Victoria Australia
International Invasive Ant Management Workshop An invasive ant management workshop was held at the CSIRO Tropical Ecosystems Research Centre in Darwin, Australia on 27-29 April 2010. The workshop aimed to facilitate networking among people from around the world involved in invasive ant management, as well as to improve the incorporation of research and ant biology into management. This event provided a perfect opportunity for researchers and managers to interact, share information and establish working relationships. Workshop Summary >>
Island Invasives - Eradication and Management ConferenceAt Tamaki Campus, The University of Auckland
8-12 February 2010.
A PDF version of the abstracts is available for download here. Island Invasives- Eradication and Management: Abstracts [1.3 MB]
The new, 2010 GISP Logo with a new strap-line, ‘LETS STAMP OUT INVASIVE SPECIES’
International Congress on Biological Invasions (ICBI) Managing Biological Invasions under Global Change The Inaugural Meeting of the International Congress on Biological Invasions (ICBI), convened in Fuzhou, China, 2-6 November 2009, was co-sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and CAB International (CABI)
Key outcomes of ICBI include:
• A call to Governments, International organisations and Conventions to reaffirm their commitment to CBD Article 8(h), to prioritise invasive species and provide the necessary resources to address the global threat
• Establishment of an International Expert Committee to provide scientific technical and policy guidance to the International Congress on Biological Invasions (ICBI) on the development of an ICBI Website, e-Newsletter, and a forum for the exchange of scientific ideas and capacity building
• Agreement that the International Congress on Biological Invasions (ICBI) would in future be held on a regular basis (4 year intervals)
Expert Workshop on Preventing Biological Invasions: Best Practices in Pre-Import Risk Screening for Species of Live Animals in International Trade.
University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA,
9-11 April 2008