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‘World Days’ are providing an excellent opportunity for schools, communities, and governments to highlight the importance of biodiversity. ‘World Day’ events focus on ‘target’ species or habitats of national and international importance and educate the general public of the importance in conserving and maintaining the habitat or species.

World Wildlife Day took place on 3rd March 2020. The theme of World Wildlife Day 2020, ‘Sustaining All Life on Earth’, encompassed all wild animal and plant species as a component of biodiversity. This aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly:

1) No Poverty;

12) Responsible Consumption and Production;

14) Life Below Water;

15) Life on Land;

and their wide-ranging commitments on alleviating poverty, ensuring sustainable use of resources, and conserving life both on land and below water to halt biodiversity loss.

World Bee Day takes place on May 20th 2020. Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies and bats, play an important role in the pollination of around 500 species of fruit trees in tropical regions, which are increasingly under threat from human activities. Pollinators allow many plants, including many food crops, to reproduce. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity — a cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals. Bees also serve as sentinels for emerging environmental risks, signalling the health of local ecosystems. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/y6uwjlgy.

Source: United Nations

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