The 2010 International Year of Biodiversity
(IYB) is a special year declared by the UN General Assembly
in recognition of the 2010 target to significantly reduce
the rate of biodiversity loss worldwide. Migratory species
and their habitats are increasingly threatened by habit
loss, over-exploitation, pollution and climate change. Biodiversity
and ecosystem services are vital for the well being of human
society and long term prosperity but consequences of its
loss are yet not fully understood.
Being an official partner of the International Year of
Biodiversity, the Convention on Migratory Species joins
the Convention on Biological Diversity to help raise awareness
of the importance of biodiversity on a global scale. CMS,
which has been recognized as CBD’s lead partner on
issues regarding migratory species, will take steps to
• stress the importance of biodiversity for our well-being;
• redouble our efforts to reduce the rate of biodiversity
• celebrate conservation success stories.
The 2010 IYB is promoting some important messages. First,
humans are part of nature’s rich diversity and have
the unique opportunity to protect it.
Second, biodiversity is essential for sustaining the living
networks and systems that provide us all with health, wealth,
food, fuel, water and the vital services our lives depend
on. There is a great chain of connection between migratory
species as gardeners of the forests, which in turn help
stabilize the world’s climate.
Third, the main cause of biodiversity loss at an accelerated
rate is human activity. However, but we can prevent this
loss, but we need to take urgent action now to safeguard
And fourth, we have made some achievements to safeguard
biodiversity but we need to do much more and we must act
Throughout 2010, CMS’s IYB website will highlight
its successful contribution to conserving migratory animals
and their habitats. With reference to “Species of
the Day” section on the UNEP website, CMS will also
inform on actions taken towards conserving its endangered
For more information please vist the official
website of the International Year of Biodiversity.