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2010 Year of Biodiversity

More than just a day for biodiversity, the UN says we get a whole year this time! The International Day for Biodiversity program is still in effect, but this year's celebrations are going on for a full year. You can find out why at some of the links below.

The Manitoba Biodiversity Network (Bio-Net for short), an informal group of individuals and agencies, both government and private, is planning some special celebrations for 2010. NatureNorth is acting as a clearing house for information and links about what Manitobans are doing for the Year of Biodiversity. Bio-Net includes representatives from Manitoba Conservation, Assiniboine Park Zoo, Zoological Society of Manitoba, Living Prairie Museum, Ft Whyte Alive, Invasive Species Council of Manitoba, Manitoba Museum, Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre and the University of Manitoba, as well as a number of private citizens. You and your group could join, too! Just drop us a line: Email NatureNorth.

Buzzword Biodiversity!
To start us all thinking more about biodiversity, Dr. Robert Wrigley, Curator of the Assiniboine Park Zoo has prepared some amazing biodiversity facts: Buzzword Biodiversity!

For a great primer on biodiversity issues in Manitoba download this PDF file:

Manitoba Biodiversity Perspectives (2 Mb)

Or go to Keewatin Publications' website for more Biodiversity Perspectives.

Check out the: Calendar of Events for 2010 for a listing of local, national and international events planned for 2010.

Read a message from: Canada's Prime Minister.


UN Proclamation

"The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity. This year coincides with the 2010 Biodiversity Target adopted by the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and by Heads of State and government at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002.

The celebrations of the International Year of Biodiversity are a unique opportunity to raise public awareness about the vital role of biodiversity in sustaining life on Earth and of its importance to human well-being and poverty reduction.

The main goals of the year are to:

• Enhance public awareness on the importance of conserving biodiversity and on the underlying threats to biodiversity;

• Raise awareness of the accomplishments to save biodiversity by communities and governments;

and to:

• Promote innovative solutions to reduce these threats;

• Call on individuals, organizations and governments to take immediate steps to halt biodiversity loss;

• Initiate dialogue among stakeholders on necessary steps for the post-2010 period. "

(David Ainsworth, Secretariat, Convention on Biological Diversity)

News Releases


International Year of Biodiversity Officially Launched
Merinews, 15 January 2010
GERMAN CHANCELLOR Angela Merkel and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon officially launched the International Year of Biodiversity on 11th January. Launching the International Year of Biodiversity in Berlin, the German Chancellor urged the world to take the necessary steps to protect the biological diversity of the Earth.

UN biodiversity year aims to slow species extinction
Irish Times, 12 January 2010
BERLIN – German chancellor Angela Merkel urged industrialised and emerging countries to invest more in protecting wildlife and said the UN should create a body to refine scientific arguments for saving animal and plant species.

UN launches 2010 as International Year of Biodiversity
Xinhuanet, 12 January 2010
UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- As the United Nations Monday kicked off its official launch of 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity to highlight the continued devastation on the world's species, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called it a "wake-up call" to protect the globe's natural resources.

International Year of Biodiversity is not just a celebration, but a call to action
Bird-life International, 12 January 2010
The United Nations has launched 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) at an event in Berlin, Germany. Speakers included Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, and a video message from UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon.


World must step up efforts on saving species: Merkel
Reuters, 12 January 2010
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged industrialized and emerging countries to invest more in protecting wildlife and said the U.N. should create a body to refine scientific arguments for saving animal and plant species.

Arranca el Año Internacional de la Biodiversidad
El Mundo , 12 January 2010
La canciller alemana, Angela Merkel, equipara la importancia de la defensa de la biodiversidad con la lucha contra el cambio climático.  Leer . Escuchar

Ban urges global alliance to save biodiversity as UN launches International Year
UN News Centre, 12 January 2010
11 January 2010 – As the United Nations officially launched the International Year of Biodiversity today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called the failure to protect the world’s natural resources a “wake-up call” and urged each country and each person to engage in a global alliance to protect life on Earth.

Links for 2010 The International Year of Biodiversity


Convention on Biological Diversity - Signed by 150 government leaders at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the Convention on Biological Diversity is dedicated to promoting sustainable development. UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Countdown2010 - A powerful network of active partners working together towards the 2010 Biodiversity Target. Countdown 2010 is an initiative of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).

TwentyTen - The 2010 Biodiversity Indicators Partnership is a global initiative to track progress towards achieving the "2010 biodiversity target" to significantly reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010.

Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity 2010 - The sixth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity will be held 1 – 5 February 2010, and will consider status and lessons learned from the 2010 target and provide CBD with a sound basis for developing post 2010 biodiversity targets.

Price fixing: Why it is important to put a price on nature - Ecological value in dollars and sense.

Centre for Biological Diversity - The Center for Biological Diversity works through science, law, and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction.

Download the:

Implementation Strategy for the Year of Biodiversity (PDF 1 Mb)

and the

International Year of Biodiversity Countdown (PowerPoint - 800 Kb)


Cross-Canada Biodiversity Activities - In advance of the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010, the Canadian Environmental Network launched a Best Practices/Case Studies Contest to gather innovative and effective examples of environmental non-governmental organizations’ (ENGOs) work related to the conservation, sustainable use, and awareness of biodiversity.

Canadian Biodiversity Information Network - In recognition of the International Year of Biodiversity and diverse Canadian efforts to meet the 2010 target, the Canadian Biodiversity Information Network (CBIN) is featuring information on initiatives and events planned across Canada. Check out their Calendar of Events.

Biodiversity Matters! - The Macoun Marsh Project is the concept project from which has evolved. We are located in Ottawa Ontario, and we are a community based initiative comprised of students, teachers and interested, dedicated community members.



(Go to the overall: Calendar of Events for 2010)

Follow this link to view Shaw TV's Species at Risk series.

Manitoba Conservation

Wildlife and Ecosystem Protection Branch

Parks and Natural Areas


City of Winnipeg

Living Prairie Museum or

Assiniboine Park Zoo, Zoological Society of Manitoba or Zoological Society Weblog


Fort Whyte Alive

Fort Whyte Alive

For current events and activites at Fort Whyte Alive: Calendar of Events


Invasive Species Council of Manitoba

Invasive Species Council of Manitoba


Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre

Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre


The Manitoba Museum

The Manitoba Museum


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