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Statement by Elizabeth Maruma Mmema for World Widlife Day

Contributed by the CBD Secretariat

Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mmema
Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity
(Credit: UN Environment)
Report: “Nature – Humanity at a Crossroads, UN Warns”

Contributed by the Convention on Biological Diversity

– UN ’s Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 report outlines eight major transitions needed to slow, then halt nature’s accelerating decline.

– Final report card on Aichi Biodiversity Targets, set in 2010: 6 of world’s 20 goals “partially achieved” by 2020 deadline.

– Towards a landmark new global post 2020 biodiversity framework: GBO 5 synthesizes scientific basis for urgent action.

– Bright spots include: extinctions prevented by conservation, more land and oceans protected, fish stocks bounce back in well managed fisheries.

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer September 16, 2020 “Ozone for Life: 35 Years of Ozone Layer Protection”

Contributed by the National Ozone Unit.

Minister of Environment and National Beautification, Adrian Forde. (FP)
Minister’s Message for World Refrigeration Day 2020

A Message from The Honourable Trevor A. Prescod, J.P., M.P.


Ministry of Environment and National Beautification


June 26, 2020

Unveiling the All-New “Biodiversity Barbados”


“Biodiversity Barbados” had its humble beginnings as the Sustainable Land Management site in 2013.  Developed as an output of the UNDP-GEF Sustainable Land Management Medium-sized Project (SLM-MSP), the website was originally designed solely to house information related to Barbados’ efforts to attenuate land degradation through reforestation projects, institutional strengthening and spatial planning.

Best Practices in Green Monkey Deterrence: A Manual for Farmers in Barbados
Credit: Kevin Best (2020)


The issue of the introduced green monkey in Barbados is a frequent topic of discussion nationally.  While the green monkey population must be controlled to ensure that Barbados has a thriving agricultural sector, the monkey is also an interesting component of Barbados’ rather depleted biodiversity and is a tourist attraction. The species is also listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2020

Today, Barbados joins with the rest of the world in celebrating World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought—or Desertification and Drought Day for short—under the theme “Food. Feed. Fibre“.

The aim is to encourage changes in consumption and production patterns in order to make adequate land available for other uses, to meet the high demand. These changes may include, but are not limited to, reducing food waste, buying produce from local markets and farmers and wearing clothes for a longer period of time or buying or swapping used clothes.

UNCCD Press Release: Desertification and Drought Day 2020

Contributed by the UNCCD Secretariat

The cost and consequences of the land transformation grossly underestimated says the UN

The cost and consequences of land use change are underestimated as demonstrated by COVID-19. Investing in the over 400 million hectares of land earmarked for restoration will help to build back better and safeguard our relationship with nature.

Ibrahim Thiaw Desertification Day Message: Your Choice Matters

Contributed by the UNCCD Secretariat

Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw
Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
(Credit: UN Environment)

This year, living under the shadow of COVID-19, choices seem to have vanished for many of us. 

We can’t choose where we go, how we work or how we celebrate with our friends and families.

We should be celebrating the just-ended Decade on Desertification for example. 

International Day for Biological Diversity 2020