Today, we would like to join our wildlife conservation colleagues in celebrating the United Nations World Wildlife Day.
The theme this year is “Sustaining all life on Earth,” with the aim of highlighting the importance of plant and animal species as components of global biodiversity, and how these species can support people coexisting with wildlife.
The sustainable use of biodiversity is also a major focus for this year’s World Wildlife Day. Sustainable use is widely recognised as a means of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), including Goal 14 (Life Below Water), 15 (Life On Land), 1 (No Poverty), and 12 (Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns).
George Aman, President of the CIC, stated, “The UN World Wildlife Day is a great opportunity for people and organisations around the world to come together and unite in their passion for wildlife. I believe that this year’s focus on sustainable use is particularly significant. With biodiversity at threat in all areas of the world, it is essential that wildlife is used sustainably for the benefit of global conservation efforts and as a means to support livelihoods.”
As an organisation that advocates for wildlife conservation through the principles of sustainable use, the CIC would like to underline the importance of this year’s theme. When sustainable use is conducted responsibly, it is an invaluable tool with countless applications that can be utilised in global wildlife management policy.
With the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15) taking place in October, 2020, where new biodiversity targets for the next decade are due to be decided upon, it is hoped that sustainable use plays a key role in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.