Ascension : ASCENSION ISLAND CONSERVATION DEPARTMENT
Submitted by The Islander (Mario Anthony) 22.05.2014 (Article Archived on 05.06.2014)
INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY 2014
The United Nations proclaimed 22 May the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. Excitingly for us, the theme for 2014 is Island Biodiversity! This is a great opportunity for us to feature and promote biodiversity conservation work and awareness in the UK’s Overseas Territories – in particular Ascension’s unique biodiversity.
To celebrate this day and also, International World Turtle Day on the 23rd May 2014 – AIG Conservation and the Heritage Society, with support from other members of the community and local businesses,are launching a Biodiversity Art Competition. This is open to everybody on-island, with 3 age categories: Under 10s, 11-16 years and Over 17s. The winner of each age category will have their art, which can be anything from a drawing or painting to a great photo (perhaps done creatively in Photoshop) or even a sculpture (the more imaginative the better) of Ascension’s plants or animals, turned into a postcard which will be sold on-island. We also have a number of runners up prizes too. The theme is Island Biodiversity and so the art work needs to capture Ascension’s unique environment!
We will be coming into Two Boats School on Friday 9th May to launch the competition, talk about why islands are so special, and to show some examples of our art work attempts. The teachers have kindly agreed to allow some time in school to get the art works started. We also encourage adults to find their creative side and get involved too. The artwork should be dropped into the Conservation Office in any format – on paper, on a flash drive etc. or uploaded to our Facebook page by the 28th May – the winners will be announced at the Ascension Day Fair on Saturday 31st May! We will be going around local businesses this week to chat about supporting the competition and so that the winners’ postcards can be displayed in as many places as possible! More details to follow next week!