On the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity, UNESCO is happy to announce the online launch of the UNESCO/CBD Biodiversity Learning Kit will be made available online on 5 June 2016 (World Environment Day). The French online version will later be followed by the English and Spanish versions.
Developed as a joint initiative of the Education and Natural Sciences Sectors of UNESCO, in cooperation with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the kit was pilot tested by secondary schools of the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet). Its content is a concrete contribution to the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (2011-2020) and will also support the implementation of the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development, coordinated by UNESCO.
The Assistant Director-General for Education, Mr Tang, and the Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, Ms Schlegel, stated that:
“Biodiversity education is as much a part of science as it is of education. As such, the UNESCO/CBD Biodiversity Learning Kit aims to demonstrate that biodiversity is the essence of life, provides essential products such as food, fibres and building materials, maintains ecosystem services such as soil fertility, and underpins societies, cultures and religion.
Through text and illustrations the Kit contains a practical method to help secondary school students and teachers understand the multiple dimensions and complex processes related to biodiversity through innovative learning pathways and hands-on activities. It also explains the status of biodiversity and how it is affected by prevailing attitudes and behavior and by consumption patterns.
As education is essential for the sustainable and equitable use of biodiversity and its conservation, we hope that teachers and students will find the Kit to be a very useful and interesting resource to deepen the students’ knowledge of biodiversity and thus develop an understanding that its conservation is pivotal to the future of our planet.”
The Biodiversity Learning Kit will be published in English, French and Spanish all three languages by September 2016.