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International Year of Biodiversity

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The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. 2010 was a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. During 2010, the world was invited to take action to safeguard the variety of life on earth because “Biodiversity is life – Biodiversity is our life”. The IYB was orchestrated by the Convention on Biological Diversity. Find out how the IYB was celebrated around the world here.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the period from 2011 to 2020 as the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity. More

Key achievements in biodiversity science and policy during IYB 2010

DIVERSITAS contributed  to the success of the items listed below, in terms of science, policy, observation, and assessment.


Some scientific highlights of the DIVERSITAS contributions to the IYB include:

Larigauderie A and Mooney HA. 2010. The International Year of Biodiversity: an opportunity to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services: pdf

Pereira HM, Leadley PW et al. 2010. Scenarios for Global Biodiversity in the 21st Century, Science, vol 330, 29 October 2010.

Perrings C et al. Ecosystem Services for 2020. 2010. Science 330: 323-324, 15 October 2010.

Vörosmarty CJ, McIntyre PB et al. 2010. Global threats to human water security and river biodiversity, Nature 467, 30th September.



Release of the Global Biodiversity Outlook-3 (CBD)

Adoption of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets (CBD)

Adoption of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)



Release of the GEO BON implementation plan GEO BON implementation plan for a global biodiversity observation system.



Adoption by the UN General Assembly of Resolution 65/162 (para 19) requesting the establishment of IPBES.

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