St. George’s, Grenada, 21 May, 2012: Two weeks of activities have been planned by the Ministry of the Environment as Grenada joins the rest of the world in commemorating International Day for Biological Diversity and World Environment Day.
International Day for Bio-diversity is May 22 and the theme for this year is ‘Marine Biodiversity’, while World Environment Day is June 5 and will be observed under the theme “Green Economy-Does it include you?”
The activities include a Radio Quiz on WEE Fm from May 21 to June 5, community environmental projects on June 2 to be held nationwide, a video presentation and forum in Gouyave, and a Coastal Walk from Pearls to Bathway on June 9. There will also be daily interviews on environmental matters over the two weeks on GIS Spice Mornings.
In addition there will be an address to the nation by the Minister responsible for the Environment. On May 22, the Grenada Fund for Conservation in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Education Conservation Outreach (ECO) will commemorate the 11th Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival with an exhibition at the Fisheries Conference Room.
The Ministry of the Environment recognizes the importance of observing International Biological Diversity Day and World Environment Day and is encouraging everyone including communities and organisations to participate in the activities.
“Last year’s activities gained much interest”, said Sally Anne Bhagwan Logie, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of the Environment. “We intend to get a greater response this year”, she said.
The United Nations proclaimed May 22 the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues and every June 5 as World Environment Day. World Environment Day is used to stimulate worldwide awareness of environmental issues and encourages political action.