International Day for Biodiversity – 22nd May

22nd May 2020

Biodiversity is at the heart of everything CCI does. Today marks the International Day of Biodiversity, created to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. When first adopted by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29 December (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity), was designated The International Day for Biological Diversity. In December 2000, the UN General Assembly changed this date to 22 May, to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention in 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The theme for this year is ‘Our solutions are in nature’, highlighting that biodiversity remains the answer to a number of global sustainable development challenges. From nature-based solutions to climate, to food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity remains the basis for a sustainable future. 

In 2020, the celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity are part of a broader commemoration of Biodiversity Week, from 18 to 22 May 2020.

CCI funds projects across the globe which are working to conserve biodiversity in a huge range of habitats. The CCI Collaborative fund project ‘Identifying globally important sites for life on Earth: scoping of Key Biodiversity Areas‘ is currently developing a map of key sites for life on Earth that can guide both governments, industry and conservation partners to safeguard sites that are most critical for conservation across the planet.

The Endangered Landscapes Programme has projects across Europe, including several in the UK, which are working to conserve and enhance habitats including coast, river deltas, mountain and river valleys. Working closely with local organisations and communities, the ELP aims to restore natural ecological processes, populations and habitats for a better and more sustainable future. It signals a shift away from ‘slowing declines’ and ‘no net loss’ to a positive and creative conservation agenda in which the potential of our land and seas is recognised.

For further information on the ELP please visit its dedicated website:

Danube Delta, Romania- site of one of CCI’s Endangered Landscape Programme projects