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Celebration of International day for Biological Diversity 2019 on 22 May 2019





International day for Biological Diversity 2019

Date & Time


22 May, 2019; 1100 hrs.



Main Gate, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun

Organized by


ENVIS Resource Partner “Wildlife and Protected Areas” at Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun



 286 participants



·         Dr. K. Sivakumar, Scientist - F & WII-ENVIS Coordinator

·         Dr. Anju Baroth, Scientist – C & ENVIS Co-Coordinator

·         Ms. Sounika Karmakar, Programme Officer

·         Shri Jyoti Prasad Nautiyal, Information Officer

·         Shri Amir Mohiudin Lone, I.T. Officer/G.I.S. Expert

·         Ms. Tripti Ghosh, Data Entry Operator


Whether you are in Dehradun or Nagpur or Kanyakumari, chances are you have access to a greater variety of food than your parents or your grandparents once did. But even as the offerings become more diverse, the global diet as a whole—what people actually eat—is becoming more homogenized, and this is a dangerous thing.

In the last 100 years, more than 90 percent of crop varieties have disappeared from farmers’ fields. Half of the breeds of many domestic animals have been lost, and all of the world’s 17 main fishing grounds are now being fished at or above their sustainable limits. Locally-varied food production systems are under threat, including related indigenous, traditional and local knowledge. With this decline, agrobiodiversity is disappearing, and also essential knowledge of traditional medicine and local foods. The loss of diverse diets is directly linked to diseases or health risk factors, such as diabetes, obesity and malnutrition, and has a direct impact on the availability of traditional medicines.

This year’s celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity, on 22 May 2019, focus on biodiversity as the foundation for our food and health and a key catalyst to transforming food systems and improving human health. The theme aims to leverage knowledge and spread awareness of the dependency of our food systems, nutrition, and health on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. The theme also celebrates the diversity provided by our natural systems for human existence and well-being on Earth, while contributing to other Sustainable Development Goals, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, ecosystems restoration, cleaner water and zero hunger, among others.


The ENVIS Resource Partner “Wildlife and Protected Areas” at Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun celebrated the International Day of Biodiversity 2019 at Institute campus. Faculty, Researcher, Students and Staff discussed about the importance of biological diversity with ‘Nariyal Pani’. ‘Uttarakhand Food Festival’ event was organized by WII-ENVIS Team and was appreciated by everyone who attended this event.