Numerous species can be found on Earth, and wildlife is crucial to maintaining the ecological balance. It can be found in various types of environments, including plains, deserts, and rainforests.
About World Wildlife Day
Every year on March 3, people around the world observe World Wildlife Day to promote awareness of wild animals, plants, and the dangers they face. It urges group efforts and the urgent need for governments, civic society, commercial sector actors, and individuals to raise their voices and take action to support the conservation of wildlife and ensure that its continued usage is sustainable.
Additionally, topics including urbanization, poaching, pollution, the degradation of wildlife habitat, and how people can support conservation efforts are highlighted on this day.
History of World Wildlife Day
March 3 was designated as World Wildlife Day by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on December 20, 2013, during its 68th session. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was signed on this day in 1973, making it notable. One of the most significant yearly global celebrations of animals is World Wildlife Day.
Theme of World Wildlife Day
The day's themes underscore the urgent need to intensify efforts to combat wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging negative effects on the economy, the environment, and society.
The themes align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals 1, 12, 13, and 15, which include eradicating poverty, ensuring resource sustainability, and protecting the environment and animals.
Recent years have been marked by the following themes:
2022 - Recovering essential species for ecosystem restoration
2021: Sustaining People and the Planet via Forests and Livelihoods
2019: Life below water: for humans and the planet 2020: Sustaining all life on Earth
Big cats are threatened as predators in 2018,
Listen to the youth in 2017!
Significance of World Wildlife Day
The forest, the wildlife species that live there, the ecological services it provides, and people especially indigenous people all coexist in a symbiotic relationship. Approximately 28% of the forest acreage is currently under the management of the native forest dwellers.
Loss of the planet's biological diversity poses an existential risk to all living things. The continuing extinction of wildlife species threatens to destroy entire ecosystems and jeopardizes the health of everyone who depends on them. However, we have the ability to alter the direction and restore imperiled species and their habitats, so this is not inescapable.
It can spur group conservation efforts, changing the course of events for important animal and plant species. It can guide people toward living sustainably and in harmony with nature. It recognizes the necessity for global leadership and unifying political will in order to develop a strong post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and safeguard our shared future.
A day dedicated to wildlife was observed
Using numerous platforms to carry out awareness campaigns and activities.
The emphasis of the initiatives is on getting the word out, particularly to kids and young people.
Encouraging people and organizations to host events and celebrations on their own terms using a variety of mediums such as online forums, film festivals, exhibitions of art, and talk programs.
Presentation to friends, coworkers, and community members; march; or live performance, if circumstances permit.
Encouraging people to speak up and spread the news on social media by urging people and organizations to intensify their conservation efforts for threatened species locally and globally.
Sustainable wildlife management is defined by the Convention on Biological Diversity as the wise management of wildlife species to maintain their populations and habitat over time while taking into account the socioeconomic needs of human populations.
It aims to do the following:
Bushmeat, wild meat, and other species utilized for food are managed sustainably.
Multidisciplinary ways to manage wildlife sustainably, including different means of support.
Databases and tools for monitoring.
Using wildlife for subsistence.
Food security and wild meat.
The goal of World Wildlife Day is to highlight ongoing activities that continue throughout the year, rather than just one strange event that happens once a year. It is common knowledge that wildlife conservation is a problem that requires daily consideration and effort. Life has been shaped and nourished by close interactions between many species of flora and wildlife over the course of billions of years.
Wildlife is under assault on two fronts: first, from human domination of nature, which threatens its survival; second, from rampant human encroachment into wilderness areas, which poses a threat to its survival.