This year IDB 2014 Titled “Island Biodiversity ” was celebrated at the University of Lagos Nigeria Under the auspices of the BIODIVERSITY SOCIETY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ZOOLOGY popularly known as University of Lagos Biodiversity Conservation Society (UBCS). A society founded two years ago during the 50th anniversary of the existence of University of Lagos as part of the department of Zoology’s mandate to promote biodiversity conservation and environmental friendly culture among students.The Society has as part of her tradition to celebrate important dates that promote biodiversity conservation around the world .This year alone ,the Society have celebrated 2 of such days with IBD 2014 as the Second after the WORLD WETLAND DAY celebrated in February.
This Year IBD was well attended with both the undergraduate, Postgraduate research students and Lecturers alike in attendance. Novelty football matches were organised prior to the event to create awareness among students.The main event was celebrated with a SYMPOSIUM tagged ”Our Disappearing Treasure Islands and Their Antropogenic Threats”.The symposium started with a brief introduction of events led by the president of the Society Mrs F Olaleru followed by a keynote address from the Dean of Faculty of Science Prof. Mathew Olusoji ILORI, Who identified Islands as one of the major Hot spots for biodiversity in today’s world.He emphasized the economic and biological relevance of Island and linked their preservation with conservation of genetic materials Citing Madagascar and Galapagos Islands as case studies.He encouraged students who are today’s scholars and tomorrows leaders to fight for the future by adhering to practices that conserves our islands and their Biodiversity.The representative of the the head of department of Zoology ,Dr A.O Otitoloju emphasized the need to fight climate change,to reduce green house gases emission and to reduce our carbon footprint by inculcating green culture as part of strategies to preserving the integrity of our disappearing Islands.The guest speaker Mr Kukoyi. Identified the MELTING ICE CAP,SEA LEVEL RISING ,GLOBAL WARMING and green house gases from anthropogenic Sources as drivers of the Disappearing Islands of our planet citing the example of Maldive Island..He linked the increasing green house gases and carbon footprint with increasing materialism of today’s societies,vicious cycle of poverty among the growing world population and the quest to keep track with current demand of globalisation .The Symposium came to an end with a vote of thanks from the the Coordinator of the event by Dr Akeredolu Excellence who wrapped up the event enjoining the students to come up with a personal commitment to save their planet by reducing emission through environmental friendly practices.