International Day for Biological Diversity Celebrated in China - IUCN President applauds China's efforts in biodiversity conservation

22 May 2013 | Event

IUCN China along with representatives of Ministry of Environment Protection the UNDP, UNEP, students and media celebrated the International Day for Biodiversity at the Beijing Botanical Garden. IUCN President applauds China's efforts in biodiversity conservation.

(Beijing, China 22 May 2013) - IUCN China along with representatives of Ministry of Environment Protection the UNDP, UNEP, students and media celebrated the International Day for Biodiversity at the Beijing Botanical Garden.

At an event attended by over two hundred participants, Li Gan Jie, Vice Minister - Ministry of Environment Protection, and Secretary General of the National Committee of China’s Biodiversity Conservation said, “The Chinese government highly values biodiversity and has already taken biodiversity conservation as one of the national development strategies.” To implement the Convention of Biological Diversity, China has created its Strategy and Action Plan for Biodiversity Conservation, which defines the overall goal, strategic objectives and prioritized actions of biodiversity conservation in China for the next twenty years. A national committee has been set up to coordinate and implement conservation work in the country.

Zhang Xin Sheng, IUCN’s President, praised the efforts and progress made by China in protecting its nature. He called for concerted global efforts to implement the Convention of Biological Diversity towards achieving the 20 Aichi targets. Speaking about IUCN's role in protecting the earth's biodiversity he said, “IUCN will fully support China and the world’s conservation action plans with good science, experts and all the resources it has in the field of biodiversity conservation.” Interacting with the student participants, IUCN President Zhang remarked “We are not merely friends of nature, but also its children. We ought to respect nature, and care more about biodiversity, as one of the many species inhabiting this earth.” The president also distributed biodiversity protection handbooks to the student delegates and guests.

Among other activities, Vice Minister Li Gan Jie introduced the Ministry's six communication activities to promote awareness towards biodiversity protection. These activities include conducting a public event, donating a popular science book, showing a movie about nature, organizing a lecture, imparting skills in reducing poverty, and shooting an interview.

Liang Yong Chun, the Ambassador of China’s 10-year Action Plan of Bio-diversity Conservation, a CCTV news host, read out his manifesto on bio-diversity protection. All the attendees signed their manifestos, including IUCN President Zhang Xin Sheng, and Zhu Chun Quan, Country Representative IUCN China. IUCN China’s Member, Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences, was also present on the event.

For more information please contact Liu Yi, Senior Communication and Constituency Officer, IUCN Chinayi.liu@iucn.org