The UN declared the years 2011 to 2020 the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, sending a call from the international community to people throughout the world to support biodiversity conservation. Action is being taken in Germany too: Under the heading "leben.natur.vielfalt" (life, nature, diversity), the UN Decade on Biodiversity is helping to achieve the shared global goals.
The UN Decade on Biodiversity supports the objectives and worldwide activities of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which is implemented in Germany through the National Strategy on Biological Diversity.
There are a range of activities underway in Germany in the framework of the UN Decade, aimed at raising awareness among the wider public for the conservation of biological diversity as our natural foundation of life. The goal of the UN Decade on Biodiversity 2011 to 2020 in Germany is to motivate as many people as possible to protect and preserve biological diversity.
The German UN Decade on Biodiversity was officially launched on 8 November 2011. It is being implemented by the Office of the UN Decade on behalf of, and in close cooperation with, the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).
Alongside outreach activities, a key instrument is the competition for UN Decade projects and contributions. Best practice examples should serve as models, and to this end the UN Decade recognises projects and ideas which make a special contribution to the conservation of biodiversity, presenting them on its website and in the UN Decade newsletter. A project of the month is also selected each month from among those honoured.
UN Decade ambassadors
Many celebrities and some young people act as ambassadors, supporting the goals of the UN Decade on Biodiversity. These ambassadors are appointed by the Federal Environment Ministry.