Namibia celebrates biodiversity action day

International Biodiversity Day, celebrated annually on 22 May, raises awareness of the importance of biodiversity and the urgent need to protect the variety of life on earth.

This year’s celebrations took place at Lüderitz, with environment, forestry and tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta delivering the keynote address.
Shifeta said the celebration was “a momentous occasion that underscores the profound importance of preserving the rich tapestry of life on our planet”.

“As we reflect on the intricacies of living organisms that inhabit earth, we are reminded of our collective responsibility to safeguard this precious diversity for generations to come.”

According to an article in The Herald, the day was established by the United Nations (UN) to highlight the critical role diversity plays in sustaining the planet’s ecosystems and the myriad services they provide, from clean air and water, to fertile soils and pollination of crops.

“Biodiversity is not merely a concept confined to textbooks or scientific journals. It is the very heartbeat of our planet, sustaining ecosystems, providing vital resources, and enriching our lives in countless ways,” said Shifeta.

He further called on people to work together as a nation to protect our environmental diversity.

“As individuals, communities and nations, we must work together in solidarity to address the root causes of biodiversity loss and chart a course towards a more sustainable and equitable future.”

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