By proclaiming May 22 as the International Day for Biological Diversity, the United Nations has taken the option to continuously raise awareness about the value and importance of biodiversity for human well-being. Adopted in 1992, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is the main platform that shapes the global agenda for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, as well as the equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.
Cameroon, Party to the CBD, has always joined the international community to celebrate the International Day of Biodiversity (IDB). The celebration of this day calls on everyone to take action to reverse the growing trend of biodiversity loss, a challenge that must be met in accordance with the country's development vision defined in its National Development Strategy 2020-2030. Aware of its role as a custodian of biodiversity and in recognition of the cardinal role of biodiversity as an answer to several sustainable development challenges, ecosystem-based approach to address climate change, health issues, food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, and that biodiversity is the foundation on which we can build back better, the Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development, under the auspices of His Excellency Mr. HELE Pierre, organized a series of activities to commemorate this year’s celebration. The celebration brought together key partner sector ministries and stakeholders working on biodiversity, as well as representatives from key development and productive sectors, research institutions, NGOs, CSOs, IPLCs, youths, women, students, media and technical and financial partner organizations.