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Article 13 :  4th COP meeting (Slovakia,1998) 

(a) Promote and encourage understanding of the importance of, and the measures required for, the conservation of biological diversity, as well as its propagation through media, and the inclusion of these topics in educational programmes; and 

(b) Cooperate, as appropriate, with other States and international organizations in developing educational and public awareness programmes, with respect to conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. 


Education is fundamental to negotiating values towards attitudinal and behavioural change in favour of biodiversity conservation and sustainability. The Convention on Biological Diversity has clearly recognised the critical need to engage society individually and collectively through education and public awareness as early as 1998 (Article 13).

Its Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) programme, initiated in 2002 with UNESCO as the key partner, has achieved a fair amount of success in creating awareness on biodiversity and sustainability issues among various stakeholders.

While education strategies are integrated into all sectoral and thematic areas under the programme of work of the CBD, it is also attempting to achieve synergies with other UN bodies and conventions to advance education for biodiversity conservation.



Evolution of Biodiversity Education in CBD




" By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of Biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably : Aichi Biodiversity Target 1


In December 2000, The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed May 22 as the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues while commemorating the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity on 22 May 1992.