Since year 2000 the May 22nd has been proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Day for Biological Diversity. Although the initiative aims at raising awareness on biodiversity issues in general, every year there is a different theme focusing on a separate aspect. This year the theme is Water and Biodiversity, chosen to coincide with the United Nations designation of 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation.
Water is essential for life. No living being on planet Earth can survive without it. It is a prerequisite for human health and well-being as well as for the preservation of the environment. Designation of IDB 2013 on the theme of water provides Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the public at large the opportunity to raise awareness about this vital issue, and to increase positive action.
Coincidently, the period 2005-2015 is the International Decade for Action ‘WATER FOR LIFE’.