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Event Bhutan observed International Biodiversity Day


Fig. Top Photographs from the Contest

International Biodiversity Day 2020 was commemorated through its first ever online-only Photo Contest on Bhutan's Biodiversity in Collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP Bhutan).


Fig. Winners from different catogories during Award Ceremony

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Period [18/05/2020 - 22/05/2020]
Event location National Environment Commission Secretariat Conference NECS, Thimphu, Bhutan
Host Biodiversity and Land-use Division, NECS
Contact person Dorji Phuntsho
Contributor Dorji Phuntsho

The United Nations proclaimed May 22 as the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. As the global community is called to re-examine its relationship to the natural world, one thing is certain: despite all our technological advances we are completely dependent on healthy and vibrant ecosystems for our water, food, medicines, clothes, fuel, shelter and energy, just to name a few. The theme “Our solutions are in nature” emphasizes hope, solidarity and the importance of working together at all levels to build a future of life in harmony with nature. Build back better. 2020 is a year of reflection, opportunity and solutions. It is the year where, more than ever, the world can signal a strong will for a global framework that will “bend the curve” on biodiversity loss for the benefit of humans and all life on Earth.

Fig. Winners from Wildlife Portrait and Habitat category

As part of global celebration, the Biodiversity and Land-use Division under National Environment Commission Secretariat in collaboration with United Nation Development Programme (UNDP Bhutan) commemorate the International Biodiversity Day on 22 May. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, IDB 2020 was commemorated through its first ever online-only Photo Contest on Bhutan’s Biodiversity with support from UNDP to mark the International Day for Biodiversity 2020. We had received about 111 participants and submitted 266 photos under various categories like wildlife, abstract, habitat, and nature-based solutions. Most of the participants were tour guides, forest rangers, and college students. Experts from UNDP, National Biodiversity Centre, and NEC evaluated the photos submissions.

Fig. Winners/Top photos from the Contest(themed based)

Fig.Winners/Funny and the popular photos from the contest

There were exciting entries from young and amateur participants encouraging conservation through nature photography among youth. Such initiative is expected to increase awareness and understanding of biodiversity issues and enhance appreciation towards biodiversity in the country facing an increasing number of threats.

Fig. Winners of the Contest during award ceremony


The event was also covered in National News Paper