3 March is observed as World Wildlife Day. It is held every year by all member states of the UN. The theme of World Wildlife Day 2021 is “Forests and Livelihoods: sustaining people and planet“. It is aimed to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.
The theme of World Wildlife Day 2021 is “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet“, to highlight the importance of forests, species, and ecosystems 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.
At moment, around 200 — 350 million people live within forested areas around the world. They depend on the ecosystem and environment provided by the forest and species for their livelihood and basic need like food, shelter, energy, and even needs related to health care.
On 3 March 2021, World Wildlife Day will celebrate forest-based livelihoods and seek to promote forest and forest wildlife management models and practices that accommodate both human well-being and the long-term conservation of forests, forest-dwelling species of wild fauna and flora. It is aimed to enhance sustainable relationships with various elements of nature.
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About World Wildlife Day
On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March – the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973 – as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. Since then World Wildlife Day has now become the most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife.
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