Global Conference on International Day for Biological Diversity (GCIBD – 2019) अंतर्राष्ट्रीय जैव विविधता दिवस पर वैश्विक सम्मलेन Theme : Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health विषय : हमारी जैव विविधता, हमारा भोजन, हमारा स्वास्थ्य Dates : 21 – 22 May, 2019 दिनाँक : २१ – २२ May, २०१९ Venue: Botanical Survey of India (BSI), Central Regional Centre, Chaitham Lines, Allahabad, U.P., India स्थान : भारतीय वनस्पति सर्वेक्षण, मध्य क्षेत्रीय केंद्र, चैथम लाइन्स, इलाहाबाद, उ० प्र०, भारत International Day for Biological Diversity
We are aware of the importance of biological diversity in sustaining our lives on this planet. Human beings derive their supplies of food, medicines, energy, and many more industrial products from the vast reservoir of this biodiversity. Biodiversity, apart from having aesthetic and recreational values, is very important for the maintenance of ecological balance and continuation of evolutionary process. For conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was negotiated and adopted on 22nd May 1992, and India is a party to the CBD. Thus to commemorate the adoption of the Convention, the United Nation has proclaimed May 22nd as the International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD) for increasing understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. Celebrating IBD every year affirms our resolution and reflects our responsibility to safeguard the precious heritage of bio-resources for future generations.
This year’s celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity, on 22nd May 2019, focus on “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health”, because biodiversity is the foundation for our food and health and a key catalyst for transforming food systems and improving human health. The theme aims to leverage knowledge and spread awareness of the dependency of our food systems, nutrition, and health on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. The theme also celebrates the diversity provided by our natural systems for human existence and well-being on Earth, while contributing to other Sustainable Developmental Goals, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, ecosystems restoration, cleaner water and zero hunger, among others.
In the last 100 years, more than 90 percent of crop varieties have disappeared from farmers’ fields. Half of the breeds of many domestic animals have been lost, and all of the world’s 17 main fishing grounds are now being fished at or are above their sustainable limits. Locally-varied food production systems are under threat, including related indigenous, traditional and local knowledge. With this decline, agro-biodiversity is disappearing, and also the essential knowledge of traditional medicine and local foods. The loss of diverse diets is directly linked to diseases or health risk factors, such as diabetes, obesity and malnutrition, and has a direct impact on the availability of traditional medicines.
In this background, the Blue Planet Society (BPS), Prayagraj in association with the Botanical Survey of India (BSI), Central Regional Centre, Prayagraj, Department of Zoology, DDU Govt. Post Graduate College Saidabad, Prayagraj, Glocal Environment & Social Association (GESA), New Delhi and International Academy of Science and Research (IASR), Kolkata have taken initiative to organize a Global Conference on International Day for Biological Diversity (GCBD – 2019) to address the issues and their solution possibilities for the better future of Nature and Humanity.