Today is World Wildlife Day. The day is observed to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. On 20th December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 3rd of March – the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora in 1973, as the World Wildlife Day.
This year World Wildlife Day is being celebrated under the theme ‘Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet’. It seeks to highlight the central role of forests, forest species and ecosystems services in sustaining the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people particularly of Indigenous and local communities with historic ties to forested and forest-adjacent areas.
Between 200 and 350 million people live within or adjacent to forested areas around the world, relying on the various ecosystem services provided by forest and forest species.
Source: News On Air