International Day of Biological Diversity 2018
Every year on May 22nd, the International Day of Biological Diversity is celebrated worldwide, and this year marks 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity, since its creation in 1993.
The International Day for Biological Diversity falls within the scope of the UN’s (SDGs) Sustainable Development Goals. In this larger initiative of international cooperation, the topic of biodiversity concerns stakeholders in sustainable agriculture; desertification, land degradation and drought; water and sanitation; health and sustainable development; energy; science, technology and innovation; knowledge-sharing and capacity-building; urban resilience and adaptation; sustainable transport; climate change and disaster risk reduction; oceans and seas; forests; vulnerable groups including indigenous peoples; and food security. The critical role of biodiversity in sustainable development was recognized in a Rio+20 outcome document, ‘The World We Want: A Future for All’.
This year the Secretariat announced that the theme would be Convention on Biological Diversity to mark the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention, and to highlight progress made in the achievement of its objectives at national and global levels.
This year also marks Khiri Travel’s 25th anniversary, and to help celebrate, Khiri Travel Laos will be hosting a special seminar and clean-up focusing on Biodiversity and Invasive species.
Khiri Travel’s team in Vientiane want to show that a beautiful city is more than just visual – it is formed by working together to care for people and nature in balance. In order to successfully promote the need for conservation and better understanding, communities, residents and visitors should be brought together through public events, volunteerism, and interaction that help neighbors and the environment alike.
These opportunities for social connection create the emotional bonds of trust, understanding, and shared values which encourage social reciprocity and bring about change. Biological diversity is the resource upon which families, communities, nations and future generations depend. It is the link between all organisms on earth, binding each into an interdependent ecosystem, in which all species have their role. It is the web of life.
The Earth’s natural assets are made up of plants, animals, land, water, the atmosphere and humans! Together we all form part of the planet’s ecosystem, which means if there is a biodiversity crisis, our health and livelihoods are at risk too.
Introduction and Invite – Celebrate the official 25th International Day of Biological Diversity by working together with the National University of Laos and other caring partners to clean up and clear the blocked canal in Phonsavanh (North) village from invasive water hyacinth. All participants – along with the head of the village office and residents of Phonsavanh who join the clean-up – will also be taught about the importance of conserving and protecting Laos’s Biodiversity, including the issues surrounding invasive species, how to manage them in an environmentally friendly way, and why we must work together to achieve these goals. In Lao PDR, biodiversity is directly related to poverty and development in communities. Therefore it’s crucial to conserve and protect it. Please come and join the team to learn more about this very special restoration and clean-up project that aims to benefit the locals in Vientiane.
Name of Project: Invasive Species Clean Up & Biodiversity Presentation.
Date: May 22, 2018
Location: Comcenter College, Nongchanh Village, Sisattanak District, Vientiane
Rue: Khu Vieng
Contact: Email ‘Mimi’ for more info and/or to join the event: [email protected].
Clean Up and Water Hyacinth Removal
During the rainy session water hyacinth becomes a big problem as it is one of the fastest growing plants. Its primary means of reproduction is by way of runners or stolons, which eventually form daughter plants. It also produces large quantities of seeds that can remain fertile for up to 30 years. Because of water hyacinth’s ability to reproduce rapidly, it needs to be removed from the drainage canal to stop the village from flooding and to stop it spreading. During the collection we will also collect trash and clean up the area.
Date: 22 May 2018
Time: 04:00 – 06:00 PM
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