World Wildlife Day 2021: History, Theme and Significance of this day
World Wildlife Day is observed on March 3. This year’s theme is “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet". Read on to find out more about this day.
Observed on March 3, World Wildlife Day celebrates the flora and fauna of the world. It raises awareness about wildlife and the importance of it and celebrates the diversity of flora and fauna across the world.
This year the UN plans to introduce forest wildlife management models and practices on World Wildlife Day. The aim is to promote sustainable development and forest wildlife management practices that are inclusive of human well-being.
On December 20, 2013, during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, it was decided that March 3 will be celebrated as World Wildlife Day. The reason behind this date being chosen to celebrate this day was that the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was signed on 3 March 1973.
The CITES is one of the most effective measures against illegal trading that leads to wildlife extinction. The members of CITES monitor hunting and trading activities.
The United Nations General Assembly emphasised the importance of flora and fauna and declared that World Wildlife Day would be dedicated to keeping people aware of the changing nature of the world and the flora and fauna that are constantly threatened by human activities and promote sustainable practices.
This year’s theme is “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet”.
It is described as a way to highlight the role of forests, forest species and ecosystem services in sustaining the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people globally, and particularly of Indigenous and local communities with historic ties to forested and forest-adjacent areas.