Commemorating International Biodiversity Day

Tomorrow, 22 May 2010, marks the International Day for Biodiversity. The theme this year is Biodiversity for Development and Poverty Alleviation. I’m planning on commemorating the day by attending a moderated agrobiodiversity debate to be held at the National Museums of Kenya. Also looking forward to viewing the exhibitions on agricultural biodiversity that will be set up.

Meanwhile, in this week’s edition of the online newsletter SciDev.Net, the editorial calls for researchers to come up with robust, scientific evidence on the link between biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation in order to be able to successfully convince politicians and other key policymakers that they should put biodiversity conservation at the top of their agenda. This will help ensure that the Millennium Development Goal of reducing the rate of biodiversity loss by the year 2015 is achieved; so far, the target has not been met globally, the editorial notes.