The Manitoba Biodiversity Network (Bio-Net for short)
We are an committed group of individuals and agencies that is passionate about nature and concerned about protecting it. Bio-Net is lead by representatives from Manitoba Conservation, Assiniboine Park Zoo, Zoological Society of Manitoba, Living Prairie Museum, Ft Whyte Alive, Invasive Species Council of Manitoba, Manitoba Museum, Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre and the University of Manitoba, as well as a number of private citizens.
One of the members, Nature North, is acting as our central hub for all of our articles, events, resources and I hope you have a chance to visit the site. www.naturenorth.com
To get things started, here is the UN proclamation announcing International Year of Biodiversity:
“The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity. This year coincides with the 2010 Biodiversity Target adopted by the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and by Heads of State and government at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002.
The celebrations of the International Year of Biodiversity are a unique opportunity to raise public awareness about the vital role of biodiversity in sustaining life on Earth and of its importance to human well-being and poverty reduction.
The main goals of the year are to:
• Enhance public awareness on the importance of conserving biodiversity and on the underlying threats to biodiversity;
• Raise awareness of the accomplishments to save biodiversity by communities and governments;
• Promote innovative solutions to reduce these threats;
• Call on individuals, organizations and governments to take immediate steps to halt biodiversity loss;
• Initiate dialogue among stakeholders on necessary steps for the post-2010 period. “
(David Ainsworth, Secretariat, Convention on Biological Diversity)
Check out our Bio-Days chart if you’re not sure how to get involved or think a whole year is too big a commitment. You can pick one or two ecologically important dates to help do be greener. View the calendar here: www.zoosociety.com