On May 21st, 2017 in Beijing, International Day for Biological Diversity & China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation’s 32nd Anniversary Celebration was held by China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF). The event aims to implement the deployment of Central Communist Party and State Council on the construction of ecological civilization and environmental protection, to promote biodiversity conservation in China. The agenda of the event include the Annual Report of CBCGDF in 2016, the launch of Green Standard of Sustainable Tourism, the 30th anniversary of the death of Xu Xiujuan, the launching ceremony of Vidays Program. The celebration is showcase of CBCGDF’s work on biodiversity conservation and a platform to exchange views, learn from each other and give birth to decisions that will make a real difference not only for the participants, but for society at large.
The event convened experts, representatives of NGO, governmental leaders and media to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity. The guests invited to the event include Chairman of CBCGDF Mr Hu Deping, Honorary Chairman of CBCGDF Liu Shu, CBCGDF Director Xie Boyang, CBCGDF advisor Lv Keqin, Vice President of Chinese Writers Association Zhang Kangkang, Vice Chairman of CBCGDF Zhang Zuoshuang. IUCN representatives, NRDC representatives, Jiang Yan from Roots and Shoots and volunteers also participated to support.
The International Day for Biological Diversity (or World Biodiversity Day) is a United Nations–sanctioned international day for the promotion of biodiversity issues. The International Day for Biological Diversity falls within the scope of the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals. The theme of IDB in 2017 is International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. In Mr. Zhang Zuoshung’s speech, he introduced that the whole system of Green Standard of Sustainable Tourism has been established to make contributions to green development in China.
China is among the countries with the richest biodiversity. Catalogue of Life in China in 2016 released by Department of the Environment and Chinese Academy of Sciences shows that there are 86575 species known in China including 35905 species of fauna with a large amount of migratory species. However, due to climate change and human activities, the habitats of migratory species are at loss. According to Report on China’s Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals in July 2015, China has achieved many goals except the article 7B, which is to “reduce the loss of biodiversity and significantly slow down the loss of biodiversity by 2010”. This is China’s promise to the world and the key to China’s environmental problems.
Chairman of CBCGDF Mr. Hu Deping told the origin of CBCGDF and the story of milu. He noted that atmosphere on the globe affects the world and human lives. Human beings occupy an ordinary position in the species. He thought highly of the work CBCGDF has achieved such as “Ecological Belt and Road” initiative, Xiong’an New Area research, birding festivals, environmental public interest litigation and international collaboration.
Vice Secretary General Mr. Ma gave the Annual Report in nine aspects: biodiversity conservation, ccafa(China Conservation Area for something at somewhere), green development, environmental public interest litigation, ecological poverty alleviation, volunteer work, international communication and cooperation, donation program, communist party construction, honorary and awards. CBCGDF senior advisor Fred Dubee gave a comment of the foundation’s work in recent years, effort to go global and the international influence.
Xu Xiujuan gave her life to save red-crowned crane 30 years ago. CBCGDF paid tribute to her by the special memorial activities. Vidays Program which aims to show care to kids in the village by organizing social welfare activities was launched on the special day.