22nd May – International Day for Biological Diversity 2014


The United Nations declared May 22 as International Day of Biological Diversity to increase public awareness of biodiversity issues and to promote a greater understanding of the value of Nature.

This date was chosen to commemorate the signing of the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1992. Every year this Day is dedicated to a different aspect of biodiversity. The theme for 2014 is “islands biodiversity”. Islands and their surrounding near-shore marine areas constitute unique ecosystems often comprising a large amount of endemic species, animal and plants found nowhere else on Earth.

DEVOTES scientists celebrate the marine biodiversity everyday, developing new concepts and models, and pursuing their challenging research with determination.

Their main goal is to understand the relationships between human pressures and climatic influences and their effects on marine biodiversity.

In just 6 months, DEVOTES researchers published 7 papers on different aspects of marine biodiversity, discovering new species, elaborating new indices, providing new visions about the next challenges in marine ecology and describing the response of benthic communities to fish-farms.

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More information on the International Biodiversity Day: http://www.cbd.int/idb/.