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Kingdom set to mark International Day for Biological Diversity

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Tourists paddle their kayaks in a flooded forest in O’Svay commune, in Stung Treng province’s Thala Barivat district. Post staff

Kingdom set to mark International Day for Biological Diversity

The Ministry of Environment is set to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22, with a celebration intended to improve cooperation with international partner organisations. The theme of the event is Our solutions are in nature.

The ministry said it wants to improve management and conservation of biological diversity in Cambodia more effectively and wants the public to be more aware of the value of biological diversity and ecosystems.

International Day for Biological Diversity this year will be changed to a live discussion forum through social media platforms and television because of Covid-19.

Scientists and expert in biological diversity from ministries, institutions and other partner organisations will also join the forum.

Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra told The Post on Thursday that the topic of the discussion is the role of biological diversity in response to various problems for sustainable development.

It includes discussing climate change, dependence on natural resources, food and water security and living with sustainability as a foundation of biological diversity in the future.

“There will be a lot of events this year and it is a special year for global biological diversity,” he said.

Pheaktra said the UN declared May 22 International Day for Biological Diversity to focus on sustainability, climate change prevention, energy, food, and various ways to support national and local economies.

He said the purpose of creating this day is to foster knowledge, make people more aware of the value of biological diversity, its adjoining problems and conservation nationally and globally.

On Wednesday, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said on its official Facebook page: “Given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the International Day for Biological Diversity

2020 will be commemorated through its first-ever online-only campaign.

“This year’s theme focuses on nature-based solutions for the betterment and protection of all life on earth.

“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.”

The Facebook page of the Convention on Biological Diversity said: “The slogan ‘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.”

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