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International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem

Every year on 26 July, we celebrate the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem.  The day was designated by UNESCO in 2015 to raise awareness on the integral role of mangrove ecosystems as unique, special and vulnerable ecosystems, and to promote solutions for their conservation, sustainable management and utility. https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/mangroveday

World Tiger Day

During the last Year of the Tiger (2010), Global Tiger Day was launched by leaders of the 13 tiger range countries and NGOs working to protect these beautiful animals from extinction.  Together, these advocates for wild tigers decided that by the next Year of the Tiger, the focus should be to double their global population, which at the time was estimated to be in the region of 3200. This is the time to celebrate the achievements so far.  

International Orangutan Day

To recognize the most iconic victim of the palm oil industry, International Orangutan Day has been set for August 19th, EVERY YEAR! This event is to help encourage the public to take action in preserving this amazing species. http://www.worldorangutanevents.org/international-orangutan-day.php

International Vulture Awareness Day

The first Saturday in September each year is International Vulture Awareness Day. Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a range of threats in many areas that they occur. Populations of many species are under pressure and some species are facing extinction. The International Vulture Awareness Day has grown from Vulture Awareness Days run by the Birds of Prey Programme of the Endangered Wildlife Trust in South Africa and the Hawk Conservancy Trust in England, who decided to work together and expand the initiative into an international event. It is [...]

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

September 16th marks International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. Although there would be no life without sunlight, the energy emanating from the sun would be too much for life on Earth to thrive without the protection afforded by the ozone-layer. Scientists raised the alarm when they discovered in the 1970s that human actions had created a hole in this protective ozone shield. The hole was caused by ozone-depleting gases (ODGs), which were used in aerosols, refrigerators, and air-conditioning coolants. The thinning ozone layer caused increases in the risks of skin [...]

World Cleanup Day

‍A goal that crosses borders and defies religious and cultural differences. World Cleanup Day is one of the biggest civic movements of our time, uniting 180 countries across the world for a cleaner planet. https://www.worldcleanupday.org/

World Rivers Day

World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways! It highlights the many values of our rivers, strives to increase public awareness, and encourages the improved stewardship of all rivers around the world. Rivers in virtually every country face an array of threats, and only through our active involvement can we ensure their health in the years ahead. https://worldriversday.com/

World Maritime Day

'New technologies for greener shipping' has been chosen as the World Maritime theme for 2022, reflecting the need to support a green transition of the maritime sector into a sustainable future, while leaving no one behind. https://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/pages/WMT2022.aspx

World Vegetarian Day

World Vegetarian Day was established as an annual celebration to promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism. The day was originated by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978.   https://worldvegetarianday.navs-online.org/

If you know of any other dates of interest please let us know and we will add them to the calendar. Email catherine@ien.ie.