2010 International Year of Biodiversity

2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity – established by the United Nations to increase worldwide awareness of biodiversity and its importance, and to engage more people in its conservation.

2010 is THE year to address the issue of biodiversity because of the United Nations 2010 Biodiversity target. This target was adopted by the Convention of Biodiversity and endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly at the 2005 World Summit. The target encourages countries of the world to commit “to achieve, by 2010, a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level, as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on Earth”

The United Nations has deep concern regarding the continued loss of biological diversity and the social, economic, environmental and culture implications that this is having and will continue to have. In the Resolution of the General Assembly in 2007 member countries, including Australia, were encouraged to:

  • consider establishing national committees for the International Year of Biodiversity
  • take advantage of the International Year of Biodiversity to increase awareness of the importance of biodiversity by promoting actions at the local, regional and international levels
  • support the activities to be organized by developing countries, especially least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States, and countries with economies in transition

This makes 2010 a great year for us to think about biodiversity. Not only should we celebrate the amazing diversity of our planet, we also need to reflect on the targets set by the United Nations and our own Government. We need to consider how well we as a nation are addressing this international concern. What has been successful? What can we do better? This is an important opportunity to re-think targets and goals for the post-2010 period.

Finally, this is the year to take action and get involved! Many current biodiversity conservation efforts are taking place around Australia, including many connected with museums. As part of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors (CAMD) International Year of Biodiversity project, museums will be working with people and communities to discover, celebrate and promote biodiversity, and encourage participation in biodiversity events. So come in, see our collections, share in our research efforts and find out how our resources can help you discover and conserve our biodiversity.

United Nations International Year of Biodiversity

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2007

National Strategy for the Conservation of Australia's Biological Diversity

Conservation of Australia’s biodiversity

About the 2010 Biodiversity Target

Michael Harvey , Head of Exhibitions & Creative Services
Catherine Cooper , Exhibition Project Coordinator
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