Havana, May 22 – The International Day of Biodiversity is celebrated today in all nations with the aim of increasing understanding and awareness of its protection.
In this sense, the activities of this journey, under the motto: Biological diversity and sustainable tourism, try to highlight the results that can be obtained from this alliance.
In this regard, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, weighed in a message for this day the value of sustainable tourism.
It is a powerful tool to raise awareness about biodiversity and protect it for the benefit of present and future generations, he said.
According to Bokova, biological diversity is as necessary for nature and humanity as it is for cultural diversity, in order to build stronger and more resilient societies, equipped with the necessary instruments to deal with the current and future challenges.
We need to promote this culture of diversity in all its forms as an opportunity and an advantage that benefits everything, she suggested.
Regarding the work of Cuba in this field, the Biodiversity Program has 20 purposes that respond to national priorities, in line with the Aichi goals, created at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in October 2010 in Nagoya, Japan.
In this sense, the stage, scheduled until 2020, has the mission of taking effective and urgent measures to stop the loss of biodiversity on the island.
By decision of the General Assembly of the United Nations of 20 December 2000, the International Day of Biodiversity is celebrated on 22 May of each year.
Biodiversity is the greatest wealth of our planet, the only place where life is possible. However, human activities in ecosystems jeopardize that strength, leading to the accelerated extinction of numerous species.
To give an idea, on Earth there are 100 million animal and plant species, which with an extinction rate of 0.01 percent per year, more than 10 thousand disappear every year.(Prensa Latina)