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Joburg City Parks, in partnership with the Friends of Kloofendal, is celebrating International Day for Biological Diversity at Kloofendal Nature Reserve.

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The United Nations proclaimed 22 May International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, in partnership with the Friends of Kloofendal, will be celebrating IDB at Kloofendal Nature Reserve on Wednesday, 18 May.

Apart from celebrating International Day for Biological Diversity, we will be launching displays in partnership with Friends of Kloofendal on the wide variety of animals in Kloofendal Nature Reserve.

These include mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs and small creatures such as insects, spiders, scorpions and fungi.

The celebration will commence with a school programme at 9am and the formal celebration will start at 11:30am.

The 2016 theme for International Day of Biodiversity is "Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods".

Biodiversity is the foundation of life. Without biodiversity there would be no livelihoods for people. Economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism are negatively affected when there is a loss of biodiversity.

We can protect our biodiversity by taking small actions such as removing alien invasive plants, reporting illegal activities that are threatening biodiversity, as well as minimizing the harmful effects of climate change through our actions.

We need to pledge on this day of International Day of Biological Diversity to raise awareness among communities to ensure that we combat biodiversity loss so that people and their livelihoods are sustained.