March, 3: World Wildlife Day
World Wildlife Day, which is celebrated annually on March 3, is dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness about the world’s wild fauna and flora, and to recognizing the important role played by CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of World Fauna and Flora) in protecting wildlife for this and future generations.
UN chief urges ‘more caring’ relationship with nature
Armenia needs more help, support the conservation of the habitats of the wild flora and fauna species.
People everywhere need to remember that we depend on Mother Earth to survive, the UN chief said in his message for World Wildlife Day marked on Tuesday, advocating for “a more caring, thoughtful and sustainable relationship with nature”.
Wildlife conservation is the practice of protecting wild species and their habitats in order to prevent species from going extinct.
Life on earth
The theme of World Wildlife Day 2020, “Sustaining all life on Earth”, encompasses all wild animal and plant species as a component of biodiversity. It also shines a light on the livelihoods of people, especially those who live closest to nature.
Armenia signed the 1973 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 2009. CITES regulates the export, sale, and transport of rare animals. Despite this commitment, Armenia is known to be a transit nation for endangered and exotic animals. Animals that remain in Armenia wind up in private zoos, as hunting targets in “safari” parks, or as attractions at various businesses.
The wildlife of Armenia includes wild boars, porcupines, various lizards, snakes and numerous species of birds. Endangered species living in Armenia are the Caucasian bear, Caucasian bearded goat, the Armenian mouflon (sheep) and the leopard.
Here are five ways you can be a part of the solution to conserve wildlife, their environment and support local communities:
- Engage with the conservation community. The support of Armenian citizens to all the NGOs, groups, experts is very crucial for the communities future.
- Visit a national park as well as Yerevan Zoo and many other places to support the wildlife economy, promote sustainable tourism and be touched and captivated by nature.
- Reduce demand for illegal wildlife parts and products by not purchasing products made from these items.
- Commit to learning more about the risks to wildlife and their habitats and reducing your carbon footprint to keep forests, wildlife and oceans healthy and intact.
- Use the power of your network to inspire others to act by spreading the word about the issues facing different species and communicating the gravity and urgency of the situation.
On this day we would like to say a big thanks to WWF Armenia, NABU Armenia, Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets and many other organizations who really fighting and struggling and keeping hope alive in a world of extinctions.