International Day for Biological Diversity 2014 


Law Division


The theme Island Biodiversity was chosen to coincide with the designation by the United Nations General Assembly of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States

Islands and their surrounding near-shore marine areas constitute unique ecosystems often comprising many plant and animal species that are endemic—found nowhere else on Earth. They are also key to the livelihood, economy, well-being and cultural identity of 600 million islanders—one-tenth of the world’s population. Island nations around the world are particularly vulnerable to climate change, natural disasters and rising seas.

Celebrations in Nairobi, Kenya

Among East African Islands the Kenya Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC) selected Lamu, Wasini and Rusinga islands to commemorate IBD. 

Lamu County is located in Kenya’s Coast Province with a land area of 6,273 km². The County covers a strip of northeastern coastal mainland and the Lamu Archipelago, which consists of numerous islands, which extend about 100km south from the Somalia border. 

Wasini Island lies off the southern Indian Ocean coast of Kenya next to Shimoni. Wasini Island is one of the small islands in Kwale County with ecological significance given numerous discrete ecosystems which exist in the terrestrial and their surrounding near-shore marine areas. 

Rusinga Island is located in Lake Victoria, South West Kenya within Homa Bay County and Mbita Sub County. The island is linked to Mbita point on the mainland by a causeway.  Rusinga Island is 46 square kilometers and is the second largest in Lake Victoria with a highly dense population of 35,000 people. 

On May 24, 2014 Kenya Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources is planning to celebrate IBD2014 at the three selected islands.

UNEP has been invited by  KMEWNR to participate in the organization of IBD2014. 


The Ugly Truth about Garbage and   Island Biodiversity
   Dr Bradnee Chambers


Haddy Jallow Guisse

Topic: Island Biodiversity and Climate Change


Messages for the International Day for Biological Diversity 2014

UNSG   Message from Mr. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, 22 May 2014 
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Jumeau   Message from Mr. Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador for Climate Change and SIDS Issues, 22 May 2014 

CBD   Message from Mr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, 22 May 2014 

Barbut   Message from Ms. Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, 22 May 2014 

Ramsar   Message from Mr. Christopher Briggs, Secretary General of the Convention on Wetlands (RAMSAR), 22 May 2014 

SPREP   Message from Mr. David Sheppard, Director General of SPREP, 22 May 2014 

Seychelles   Message from Mr. Rolph Payet, Minister of Environment and Energy, Seychelles, 22 May 2014 



IDB2014 booklet

Island Bright Spots in Conservation & Sustainability 
Investing, Scaling and Replicating in order to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Apia,Samoa 2014