Phalee village celebrated International Day for Biological Diversity 2022

Ukhrul: Phalee village on Sunday, celebrated International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) 2022 hosted by Rainforest Biodiversity of Phalee.

The activities commemorating the 2022 celebration of the IDB at Phalee village which unfolded from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm were carried out by about 30 participants. Participants were from Phalee BMC, VAC members, and the interested public. The program was led by Eleazer Rn (Chairman), and the Celebration of International Day for Biological Diversity was deliberated by Frankoi Jagoi (IFS). The latter also deliberated on the significance of Biodiversity for livelihood.

Rn. Eleazer elaborated on the village environment and biodiversity conditions, and discussed forest fire, hunting, deforestation, and the uses of pesticides and fertilizers- the main threats to the Biodiversity and Environment. 

22 actions highlighted for biodiversity were explored in the celebration, specifically planting native fruit bearing plants including Ceylon olive (Elaeocarpus serratus), Nepali hog plum (Choerospondias axillaris), Kafal (Myrica esculenta), Manipuri oak (Quercus serrata), and bird cherry (Prunus napaulensis) from Rainforest Biodiversity of Phalee‘s own nursery prepared by Shemchon Awungshi. “These plants have cultural, medicinal, and aesthetic values, and have potential to generate incomes.We are losing biodiversity at an unprecedented rate, with significant consequences for people around the world. But we can all take action to help protect and reverse it. Large or small scale every effort count and we can still make a difference. Our Local Action is still relevant in Biodiversity Regeneration and Conservation,” the host told Ukhrul Times.

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Photo: Participants planting a native fruit bearing plant Nepali hog plum (Choerospondiasaxillaris) (Image courtesy: Rainforest Biodiversity of Phalee)

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29 December (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity), was designated The International Day for Biological Diversity. In December 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted 22 May as IDB, to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity. IBD is celebrating under different themes related to Biodiversity since 2002. 

This year’s Biodiversity Day 2022 slogan is: “Building a shared future for all life”. The slogan was chosen to continue building momentum and support for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework to be adopted at the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference #COP15. 

Biodiversity remains the answer to several sustainable development challenges. From nature-based solutions to climate, health issues, food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity is the foundation upon which we can build back better. The Indigenous Peoples, the guardian of nature, we are key to the future of humanity and the framework of regeneration and conservation including all life forms. Let our contributions be the hope for the future and let’s take a pledge to regenerate & conserve our unique #Biodiversity.

We are losing biodiversity at an unprecedented rate, with significant consequences for people around the world. But we can all take action to help protect and reverse it. Large or small scale every effort count and we can still make a difference. Our Local Action is still relevant in Biodiversity Regeneration and Conservation.

Rainforest Biodiversity of Phalee

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