World Wildlife Day 2021

Today, March 3rd, 2021, marks the annual World Wildlife Day (WWD).

This special day was created to celebrate and bring awareness to Earth’s vast collection of wild flora and fauna.

This year’s WWD theme is “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet”, which was chosen in order to spotlight the significance of forests, the species living in the forests, and the diverse ecosystems. This theme also seeks to focus on the hundreds of millions of people globally that are reliant on these ecosystems for their livelihood, in particular, the Indigenous and approximately 200 – 350 million local people who live in the forest and surrounding areas.

The forest ecosystems and those that rely on them for their livelihood are facing the various planetary crises we face, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and COVID-19.

On March 3 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 and the ecosystems they sustain, and promote the value of traditional practices and knowledge that contribute to establishing a more sustainable relationship with these crucial natural systems.

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