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  • Prof. Ketan Vyas

Protecting Our Planet's Precious Wildlife: Celebrating World Wildlife Day

March 3 is the day to remind, revise and rethink:

“What have we contributed to the conservation of animals and plants against their precious role towards our lives and the health of the Planet?”

March 3 was chosen because it is the birthday of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which was established in 1973. The theme for World Wildlife Day 2023 is 'Partnerships for Wildlife Conservation'.

On this day, a very nice message from António Guterres (Secretary General, United Nations) can be read on the Wild Life Day Organization page. Some important points are listed here, asking us to help analyze our plans, activities and contribution to the health of our globe by conserving wildlife and participating in global actions for nature this year.

He has said:
  • On World Wildlife Day, we reflect on our responsibility to protect the magnificent diversity of life on our planet. And we recognize our abject failure.

  • Human activities are devastating once-thriving forests, jungles, farmlands, oceans, rivers, seas and lakes. One million species are on the brink of extinction due to habitat destruction, fossil fuel pollution, and the worsening climate crisis. -- We must end this war on nature.

  • This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, which has helped protect thousands of plants and animals. And last year's agreement on the Kunmingand Montreal Global Biodiversity Frameworks was an important step toward putting our planet on the road to recovery.

  • We need to work with governments, civil society and the private sector to turn commitment into action. And we now need much bolder action to cut emissions, accelerate renewables and build climate resilience. In doing so, we must put the voices of local communities and indigenous peoples - the most effective guardians of biodiversity in our world - front and centre. Read more : Click

Watch the Event Livestream from Washington DC :

As per the recent calculation published by UN organization:
  • 50,000 Wild Species Meet Needs of Billions Worldwide.

  • 1 in 5 people around the world rely on wild species for income and food, while 2.4 billion people depend on wood fuel for cooking.

  • It seems surprising, but cacti, seaweeds, giraffes, parrots, and oak trees are groups of species endangered. Currently there are one million species under threat.

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