May 22 – International Day for Biological Diversity 2016

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The date is significant in that it commemorates the adoption of the agreed text of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Convention was the result of many years of negotiation between representatives of many countries, and was opened for signature on 5 June 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (the Rio “Earth Summit”). The Convention remains a very important international treaty that Australia and other countries recognise through their international obligations.

In relation to the International Day, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, stated that “biodiversity and the ecosystem services it supports are the foundations for life on Earth and the livelihoods and well-being of people everywhere.” He noted that it is critical to make progress in mainstreaming biodiversity and transforming how societies value and manage it.

Umwelt is committed to the appropriate recognition of the benefits of biodiversity and has been actively involved over many years in improving biodiversity assessment and accounting methods, particularly in the field of biodiversity offsetting, where our achievements and balanced outcomes have been highly regarded. Numerous Umwelt staff are active participants of ecological and environmental organisations, and we have numerous valued clients for whom biodiversity protection and management is front and centre of day to day business. Our staff are also actively engaged by government agencies to provide specialist technical advice on threatened species matters, to assist in their protection and recovery planning.

We encourage you to celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity on Sunday May 22, and to reflect on the ways that we can all improve the protection and management of biodiversity while maintaining the integrity of our community and our economy. Umwelt will continue to work hard to ensure that biodiversity offsetting is a practical tool that delivers real biodiversity benefits in the long-term.

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