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International Year of Biodiversity

Tawny Frogmouth.  Photo: M.Foley

In 2010 CAMD undertook a national program of activities across Australia as part of the United Nation’s International Year of Biodiversity (IYB).  CAMD was awarded $300,000 funding by the Science Connections Program (SCOPE) within the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science and Research (DIISR) to act as a framework coordinate, develop and deliver programs and events to celebrate IYB.

The project, which was spearheaded by the Australian Museum, Western Australian Museum and Questacon:

  • employed coordinators to bring together an Australian-wide program which challenged people to make use of their local museums to find out about and take an active role in relation to  biodiversity
  • provided seed funding of $144,000 to help science organisations and community groups establish programs exploring biodiversity in collaboration with local museums
  • allowed engagement with these communities through a broad range of mediums including theatre, storytelling, exhibitions, art, poetry, presentations and field observation and collection
  • created an Australian IYB website to act as an interactive hub for program listing and information/event sharing and
  • utilised social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Twitter to encourage a broader participation.

For further information see the CAMD IYB website:


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