Biodiversity key to sustainable development
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE International Day of Biodiversity is being observed globally today with countries looking to further raise awareness and understanding of biodiversity issues.
Celebrated annually on May 22, this year’s observance carries the theme, ‘Biodiversity for Sustainable Development’.
The theme reflects the importance of efforts made at all levels to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda for the period of 2015 to 2030.
It also reflects on the relevance of biodiversity for sustainable development.
The Green Wave will also take place as part of the celebration.
The Green Wave project aims to help raise awareness and educate young people on the importance of biodiversity by joining in a global movement while bringing to light the actions required to reduce its loss.
Each year, youth in participating schools across the world would plant a tree at 10am local time creating a “Green Wave” across time zones.
Brunei has been participating in the Green Wave activities for the past five years.
Last year, Brunei commemorated the day by planting 100 ‘Bintangor Laut’ (Calophyllum inophyllum) seedlings in a previously burnt down area at the Berakas Forest Reserve.
The seedlings were selected as they are a native species of trees that would serve to rehabilitate of the area.
The activity was initiated by the Forestry Department at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources.
According to the Convention on Biological Diversity’s official website, a total of 40 countries are coordinating events for the International Day of Biodiversity.
The Brunei Times