The United Nations World Wildlife Day is a global celebration of the beautiful and richly diverse forms of wild animals and plants on our planet. It is also an occasion to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits they provide to people and to drive discussions and work towards trans-formative change on the urgent threats facing them.
World Wildlife Day takes place annually on 3 March. This year, World Wildlife Day will be celebrated under the theme of “Sustaining all life on Earth”. The aim is to stress wild animal and plant species as an important component of biodiversity and their importance to people, especially those who live closest to nature and depend on them for their livelihoods.
Wild plants and animals and their interactions with their ecosystems have sustained humankind for millennia, providing the air we breathe, the food we eat and the material and energy for our economies and well-being.
The importance of sustainable use for livelihoods and sustainable development
Humanity has always benefited from living with a diverse wildlife. Conserving biodiversity and using it sustainable will sustain the livelihoods that depend on it without endangering wild species.
Developing a more sustainable relationship with nature is key to protecting the rich diversity of wildlife and its ecosystems.
Threats and challenges facing wildlife and their ecosystems
Over the last 40 years, global populations of birds, fish, mammals, amphibians and reptiles have declined by nearly 60%. Biodiversity loss is a planetary crisis that must be addressed.
Wetlands are some of the most diverse ecosystems and home to much of the world’s wildlife. The fauna and flora they harbor are some of the most rapidly declining species on Earth.
The rapid decline of forests around the world endangers the survival of nearly half of all land-based species and threatens the livelihoods of over a billion people.
Global efforts underway to ensure sustainable use of wildlife
World Heritage unites nations behind a shared commitment to preserve the world’s most outstanding heritage, including biological diversity for the benefit of present & future generations.
Whether on land, in the oceans, in forests, wetlands or closer to population centers: wildlife and their ecosystems are declining. We must halt biodiversity loss and boost conservation efforts before it is too late.