National Biodiversity Events
Throughout 2001 and 2002 nations across the world are planning special
events to celebrate biodiversity.
Biodiversity Day, June 20, 2003
Backyard Biodiversity Day, June 21, 2002
The second annual Backyard Biodiversity Day will take place on June
21, 2002 and the following three days. Children aged 9-14 years all
across the U.K. will connect with nature and spend fifteen minutes seeking,
finding, observing and recording whatever plants and animals they can
discover in their local environment. There is also an online survey
of five plants and five groups of animals. None of the species selected
is endemic to the U.K., so can be recorded in other countries. Organized
by Action for Biology in Education (ABE), the Backyard Biodiversity
Day is supported by the Chelsea Physic Garden, BBC Education and UK
Science Year. For more information see www.biodiversityday.org
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The Community Biodiversity
Network (CBN) will be coordinating Biodiversity
Month to be held during September 2001.
As part of Australian
National Science Week, to be held in May 2001, the Australian
Science Teachers Association has made the national schools theme
Exploring Biodiversity to coincide with the IBOY.
IBOY flyer included in Science Week packs (pdf)
day will take place in Germany on Saturday June 9, 2001. At localities
across Germany NGOs, Schools, Universities and museums will join forces
to find as many species as possible in 24 hours. A book and CD-Rom
to accompany this event is available. It includes information on biodiversity
and aids to species identification.
In advance of IBOY, the National
Botanic Garden of Wales (NBGW), in association with the Carmarthenshire
Biodiversity Action Plan Partnership, is holding a Biodiversity Fair
at the NBGW on September 30, 2000.
The aims of the Fair were to raise awareness of biodiversity,
to increase understanding of and familiarity with the word 'biodiversity',
and to celebrate our existing biodiversity and engender a curiosity
to find out more about it along with a desire to make the choices
necessary to retain it. At the event, the Carmarthenshire Biodiversity
Action Plan was launched by Sue Essex AM, Secretary for Environment,
Planning and Transport. Results of the NBGW Schools Biodiversity Recording
Pilot Project were on display. There was a range of activities sponsored
by the Arts Council including biodiversity games, hands-on activities
and career displays.
Read a transcript of the opening speech
given by actor Philip Madoc