Bhutan celebrates International Biological Diversity Day
May 22, Thimphu: The International Day for Biological Diversity with the theme â€˜Biodiversity and Waterâ€™ was celebrated at Babesa Middle Secondary School. The half-day event included quiz, speech and art competitions between the different house groups and classes of the school. The participatory event saw many students express themselves through an impressive array of art on water and biodiversity. A series of other activities carried out to celebrate the day includes, essay writing and art competition by students from across the country and the composition of song on agrobiodiversity. The winners of the essay and art competitions were also declared and the results will be made available shortly on NBC and MoAF websites.
This was the first time that the International Day of Biological Diversity was celebrated with a school in order to nurture the seed of conservation in the hearts and minds of our young children so that they will love, respect and conserve nature for the benefit of the country and the future generations. The positive and pro-active response from the school and the students in the celebration of International Biodiversity Day signaled the importance of working with young minds and fostering more interactive programs on biodiversity as part of the initiative to raise awareness on biodiversity in the country.
The event concluded with awarding of cash prizes to the winners. The event was coordinated by National Biodiversity Centre, MoAF in collaboration with Babesa Middle Secondary School with funding support from SEARICE, Biodiversity International and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
Submitted by: NBC