Biodiversity and Our Lives

Biodiversity and Our Lives
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Biodiversity and Our Lives

International Year of Biodiversity (IYB)

Declared by the United Nations, the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) celebrates biological diversity - the variety of life on earth - and aims to boost appreciation for and awareness of the importance of biodiversity. The IYB is a unique opportunity to increase understanding of the vital role that biodiversity plays in sustaining life on Earth. Learn more about IYB


2010 Indigneous Tourism and Biodiversity Website (ITBW) Award

The Award is aimed at private tourism services, owned and operated by Indigenous and local communities embodying traditional lifestyles, and raising operators and public's awareness on biodiversity. The ITBW Award is a collaborative effort between and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) with the generous support of the Heidehof Foundation. The competition recognizes best practice examples of innovative use of online communication tools and web technologies.


Applicants from 10 countries around the world (Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mexico, Micronesia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Sweden) entered the 2010 ITBW Award, and the following operators have been selected as this year's winners.

  • Nutti Sami Siida (Winner, 2010 ITBW Award) features reindeer sled trips and excellent nature and culture tours in Sweden. Owners Nils Torbjörn Nutti and Carina Pingi are both Sami from Gabna Sameby and work with experienced and knowledgeable guides to ensure quality.
  • TIME Unlimited Tours (Winner, 2010 ITBW Popular Vote Award) from New Zealand, operated by the Maori-European couple Ceillhe Tewhare Teneti Hema Sperath and Néill Sperath, provides personalized and interactive Auckland and Maori Indigenous Cultural Tours.

Photos from the ITBW award ceremony, held during the ESTC 2010 Closing Reception on Friday, September 10, 2010.