Fiji launches week-long program to celebrate International Biodiversity Day

Xinhua News Agency | May 19, 2020 at 9:16 AM

SUVA, May 19 (Xinhua) -- Fiji launched on Tuesday a week-long program to celebrate this year's International Biodiversity Day, which will be marked on Friday.

While launching the program, Fiji's Minister for Agriculture, Waterways and Environment Mahendra Reddy said that the program aimed to create more awareness in communities on the importance of protecting the natural environment through nature-based solutions.

This year's theme is "Our Solutions are in Nature," which meant biodiversity remains the answer to several sustainable development challenges that we all face. From nature-based solutions to climate, to food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity remains the basis for a sustainable future.

"Biodiversity loss is also closely impacted by activities undertaken by humans which also affects our growth and economic development. The exploitation of renewable and non-renewable resources, energy and industrial activity, and the expansion of urbanization and agriculture are all sectors of the economy that have a mutual impact on biodiversity," he said.

The week-long program included activities and a symposium for non-government organizations and other stakeholders which recognize their contribution and support in implementing Fiji's biodiversity and wildlife policies.

The International Biodiversity Day is a United Nations-sanctioned international day for the promotion of biodiversity issues.