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International Day for Biological Diversity

Our solutions are in nature

Photo by Loïc Mermilliod

Today we celebrate the International Day of Biological Diversity with this year’s theme: Our solutions are in nature.

The following is an excerpt from the Convention on Biological Diversity.

As the global community is called to re-examine its relationship to the natural world, one thing is certain: despite all our technological advances we are completely dependent on healthy and vibrant ecosystems for our health, water, food, medicines, clothes, fuel, shelter and energy, just to name a few.

“Our solutions are in nature” emphasises hope, solidarity and the importance of working together at all levels to build a future of life in harmony with nature.

2020 is a year of reflection, opportunity and solutions. It is expected, from each of us, that we will “Build Back Better” by using this time to increase the resilience of nations and communities as we recover from this pandemic and in Australia the devastating Summer bushfires. 2020 is the year when, more than ever, the world can signal a strong will for a global framework that will “bend the curve” on biodiversity loss for the benefit of humans and all life on Earth.

Related sustainable goals are:

Goal 14 – Life below water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Goal 15 – Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

While we are drawn to our issue briefings on climate change, land and biodiversity, marine, and sustainable food systems to name a few – it is our member projects that continue to align with the theme of International Day of Biological Diversity: Our solutions are in nature.

Our member projects highlight that people are part of nature and the solution, and philanthropy has a powerful role to protect biological diversity.

See the latest projects in the Clearinghouse member access only

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