The International Day of the Tropics is celebrated annually on June 29th to raise awareness about the unique challenges and opportunities faced by countries located within the Tropics. The Tropics are defined as the area between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, where the sun is directly overhead at least once during the year. South Africa has a rich biodiversity of over 23,000 plant species, of which approximately 10% are found nowhere else in the world. The country also has a diverse population of wildlife, including the
The United Nations designated International Day of the Tropics in 2016 on the recommendation of the State of Queensland in Australia. The Day aims to promote sustainable development in the Tropics, build resilience, and encourage collaboration between tropical regions worldwide. South Africa, located in the southern part of the Tropics, participates in the annual celebration of the International Day of the Tropics. It is an opportunity to showcase the country's unique tropical flora and fauna, promote sustainable tourism, and highlight the importance of conserving the natural environment.
Through various events and awareness campaigns, South Africa celebrates the International Day of the Tropics to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the country's unique tropical environment and promoting sustainable development. The International Day of the Tropics is observed annually on June 29th.
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References and related sitesUN: International Day of the Tropics research.jcu.edu.au: The State of the Tropics