About Biodiversity Month and IBOY
What is Biodiversity Month?
May 2002 marks the first American Biodiversity Month,
a national celebration of Americas rich diversity of life. Biodiversity
Month is a time to celebrate biodiversity through educational activities
and scientific exploration.
Anyone can take part! Scientists, educators and citizen
groups are organizing events. Simply by registering your activity with
Biodiversity Month you can contribute to a broader understanding of
biodiversity issues while raising the profile of your local efforts.
Biodiversity Month is being coordinated nationally by
the International Biodiversity Observation Year (IBOY). IBOY is producing
resources to help you with your event including:
where you can post a description of your event to help highlight it
and network it with other efforts
of your events on a national calendar of planned activities
action guides, media guides, posters
for greater media visibility
to include your data with that of other participating groups to produce
a nationwide snapshot of biodiversity
Why a Biodiversity Month?
The US Biodiversity Month is an opportunity for people in the US to
participate in a global initiative to raise awareness of biodiversity.
As part of the International Biodiversity Observation Year (IBOY), which
is taking place during 2001 and 2002, Biodiversity Month provides an
opportunity to highlight all the biodiversity-related activities that
occur in just one month across the country. We have chosen the month
of May to also join with the United Nations as they celebrate International
Day for Biological Diversity on May 22.
Biodiversity Month will not just celebrate biodiversity but will:
activities in the US with other IBOY activities around the world
and build coalitions between US biodiversity organizations
efforts to develop new nationwide information
science-based awareness of biodiversity
How can I get involved in Biodiversity Month 2002?
You can take part in Biodiversity Month in two ways:
1) Join us as a founding participant in Biodiversity Month. Organize
an activity to explore biodiversity in May 2002 and register with Biodiversity
Month to link your effort to those of others.
We offer some suggestions and activity guides for different activities
below. Each Activity guide contains information to help organize an
activity, forms for registering with Biodiversity Month and for reporting
your findings in May, and resources to help your event.
2) Take part in an event near you.
About the International Biodiversity Observation Year (IBOY) 2001-2002
IBOY is an initiative of DIVERSITAS, the international program on biodiversity
science. It aims to generally advance knowledge of biodiversity and amplify
the compelling science-based case for concern and action about its loss.
IBOYs specific goals are to:
- network and integrate biodiversity
research to advance a holistic understanding of biodiversity and its
connections to society
- increase communication of
science-based information on biodiversity, and its importance, to a
As part of IBOY over one hundred individual biodiversity research and
education projects are taking place across more than 148 countries. The
projects are as diverse as biodiversity itself, ranging from surveys of
life from forest canopies to ocean depths, studies of the interactions
between biodiversity, ecosystems and human well-being, and programs that
apply the latest science for biodiversity conservation. In 2001 and 2002
each IBOY project is delivering important new information for one or more
of these important questions:
- What biodiversity do we
have and where is it?
- What goods and services
does biodiversity provide?
- How is biodiversity changing?
- How can we conserve biodiversity?
Additionally, countries around the world are celebrating IBOY with national
biodiversity events. For example, in Australia the Australian Science
Teachers Association, in association with the Australian Community Biodiversity
Network made Exploring Biodiversity the theme of National
Science Week in May 2001.
More information on the IBOY can be found at http://www.nrel.colostate.edu/IBOY