International Day of Biological Diversity-May22

International Day of Biological Diversity Focuses on Islands

This year, Islands are the focus of the International Year of Biological Diversity (22 May 2014). Islands and their surrounding near-shore marine areas constitute unique ecosystems often comprising many plant and animal species that are endemic—found nowhere else on Earth. The legacy of a unique evolutionary history these ecosystems are irreplaceable treasures. They are also key to the livelihood, economy, well-being and cultural identity of 600 million islanders—one-tenth of the world’s population.