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Kaunas Tadas Ivanauskas Zoology Museum 1st institution from Lithuania to join the Global Coalition #UnitedforBiodiversity

2021 05 04

Kaunas Tadas Ivanauskas Zoology Museum is excited to announce that it has become the very first Lithuanian institution to join the European Commission’s Global Coalition #UnitedforBiodiversity. Ahead of the crucial CoP 15 meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity in October 2021, the Coalition aims to raise world citizens awareness around the nature crisis and the impact the loss of biodiversity is having on human society and the health and well-being of environmental systems.

Nature is facing a global crisis - species extinction is occurring at an unprecedented rate. The  2019 report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services estimates that as many as 1 million plant and animal species are currently threatened with extinction. Nature is in danger because of the destruction of natural habitats, pollution, and overexploitation of resources.

The EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevicius, who launched the Global Coalition #UnitedforBiodiversity on World Wildlife Day in March 2020, urged all world national parks, zoos, aquariums, research centres, science and natural history museums as well as botanic gardens to join forces and speak up about the need to preserve our nature and biodiversity. He stated, "We urgently need to take action, at all levels, from local to global, otherwise, our only chance of seeing nature is in these institutions. That would be a failure of humankind. It is time for us to reconnect with nature".

For Kaunas Tadas Ivanauskas Zoology Museum preservation of biological diversity is an extremely important topic. One of the Museum purposes is to acquaint the public with animal diversity, development, ecological links. This is implemented by conducting research on Lithuanian fauna, organizing excursions and educational activities on biodiversity topics.

Currently, 205 institutions from 47 countries have already joined the Global Coalition. Kaunas Tadas Ivanauskas Zoology Museum calls on all its partners to join the movement by endorsing its common pledge and adding their voice to raise awareness of the importance of the CoP15 negotiations and biodiversity preservation. We believe that together we can stop the extinction of species worldwide and build a sustainable future.

Interested institutions can contact ec-biodiversity-coalition@ec.europa.eu and gilles.doignon@ec.europa.eu for further information or to sign up.

Official webpage of the Global Coalition: https://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/biodiversity/coalition/index_en.htm