World Wildlife Day

Are members aware that March 3rd 2014 was proclaimed the very first annual World Wildlife Day by the Sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly? It is to celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild fauna and flora. 

In its resolution, the General Assembly reaffirmed the intrinsic value of wildlife and its various contributions, including ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic, to sustainable development and human well-being. 

The General Assembly requested the CITES Secretariat, in collaboration with relevant organizations of the United Nations system, to facilitate the implementation of World Wildlife Day. World Wildlife Day is an ideal opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.

The CITES Secretariat has created a dedicated World Wildlife Day Facebook page to share news and stories: https://www.facebook.com/WorldWildlifeDay

By Helen Turnbull of Green Girls in Africa

Atta's Responsible Tourism Advisor