Resources Himalaya Foundation and Environmental Graduates in Himalaya organized a talk program on May 22, 2022 to mark “International Day for Biological Diversity 2022. International Day for Biological Diversity is celebrated every year on May 22, to raise global awareness about the importance of protecting biological resources and the global biodiversity that shapes our environment not only the various species of plants, animals and microorganisms around us.
The topic was based on the theme “Building a Shared Future for All Life”. Dr. Narayan Prasad Koju, Evolutionary Biologist and Mr. Prakash Chandra Aryal, Conservation Biologist were invited to talk about different aspects of biodiversity remaining intact with the theme. The young researchers and biodiversity enthusiast actively participated on the program. The program was moderated by Ms. Saraswati Thapa Chhetri, EGH Coordinator and the remarks were given by Dr. Ramji Bogati, Board Member of Resources Himalaya Foundation.
Dr. Narayan Prasad Koju started shortly with evolution of theme “Shared Future for All Life”. He mentioned that the theme based on two vision i) Unity for Nature and Man ii) Follow nature’s course; evolved after the declaration of 2021 – 2030 as “ecological restoration decade” on Cop 15 with adoption of the post- 2020 biodiversity framework. To met this vision, 30 by 30 target and living in harmony with nature was set which means that 30% of earth land and ocean will be converted to protected status by 2030. On cross of it, Dr. Koju stated that only declaration of protected areas does not conserve biodiversity; collaboration with private-sectors outside the conservation area is needed for its meaningfulness. Also, four basic goals set to be met by 2050 and milestones to be achieved by 2030 were discussed respectively. Looking over the composition of “Ecological Restoration Decade”, it not only have provision to conserve biodiversity but also benefit on multiple sectors as food security, climate change mitigation, water resources conservation and upgrading economy. Dr. Koju concluded with a note that although Nepal is very rich in biological diversity, we are facing the existing threats, to which everybody seems responsible; every individual and every individual’s action matters; we all need to work together and everyone need to do our part of work for conservation of biodiversity.
Mr. Prakash Chandra Aryal talked about the current status of biodiversity, its current and future threats and some of the legal policies with actions taken to overcome the threats at local, government, and international level. Talking about these different scenarios, he suggested that fulfilling gap between practice and policy can conserve the biodiversity. The Speakers addressed all the queries directed towards them. Looking over the interactive discussion session, the participants or the researchers seems to be stimulated to fulfill the gap on the researches on biodiversity and feel responsible for the necessary actions to conserve it. The program ended with vote of thanks and concluding remarks Dr. Ramji Bogati.