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Regional Secretariat for the Environment and Climate Change marks International Day for Biological Diversity

Regional Secretariat for the Environment and Climate Change marks International Day for Biological Diversity

May 21, 2021

The Regional Secretariat for the Environment and Climate Change has been carrying out, during the month of May, several actions of awareness and environmental promotion in the Azores to mark the International Day of Biological Diversity, which is marked tomorrow, Saturday, 22 May.

Also known as Biodiversity Day, this date was instituted by the United Nations with the aim of raising awareness and increasing knowledge on issues related to this theme.

This year, the event agenda streamlined by SRAAC's educational services and LIFE projects has more than 50 sessions, reaching around 20 educational establishments in the Region, within the scope of the Parque Escola program, in order to promote, among the youngest, the knowledge of the archipelago's biodiversity and its importance in ecosystems, encouraging them to protect them.

These activities are also complemented with several educational resources available on the portals Educate for the Environment and Sustainability and Feel and Interpret the Azores Environment.

Also noteworthy is the presence of the four LIFE projects underway at the 4th Edition of the Environment Fair, at the Environmental Interpretation Center for the Coastal Wet Green Infrastructure of Praia da Vitória, with the aim of raising awareness of the respective areas of intervention and objectives protection of ecosystems and biodiversity in the Region.

The International Day for Biological Diversity, this year under the theme “We are part of the solution”, also marks the adoption of the text of the Convention on Biological Diversity, by the “Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity ”, on 22 May, 1992.

This Convention aims at "the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits from the use of genetic resources", being the first agreement to encompass all aspects of biological diversity: genomes and genes; species and communities; habitats and ecosystems.

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