International Day for Biological Diversity -22 May

Written by
Dr Ayub Macharia

The date was set aside on 20th December 2000. The day marks the date of adoption of the convention on biological diversity in 1992. The day was previously observed on 29th December but was changed to May to give it greater visibility. Kenya ratified the Convention on Biological Diversity on 26th July 1994.

Biological diversity refers to the variety and variability among living organisms in the world and the ecological complexes in which they occur. Kenya has a rich floral and fauna diversity that gives us various products. However , population increase, conflicts in land use activities , urbanization , industrialization and man’s carelessness have been blamed for causing a decline in the global biodiversity and an increase in poverty.

Suggested activities

  1. Have some time outdoors and look at the different plants and animals. Identify and name as many as possible
  2. List the benefits that people derive from local biodiversity?
  3. Compose songs, poems, and drama on biodiversity
  4. Visit the museum, national parks or have a walk around your home and observe the local natural heritage.  At the museum look for evidence of community interaction with the natural environment and its influence on their cultural artifacts and practices.
  5. Discuss the threats facing biodiversity in your local area.
  6. Discuss ways to conserve local biodiversity and implement feasible solutions.
  7. Invite an expert to discuss the achievements and challenges that Kenya has experienced since the signing of the Convention on Biological Diversity
  8. Write an essay or summary notes on how you celebrated the international day for biological diversity. Publicise your success on this blog.

For further Information, contact:


National museum of Kenya (

Kenya Wildlife Services (

National Environment Management Authority (

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