World Wildlife Day is this Thursday, March 3rd! This is an event to raise awareness of the world’s biodiversity and celebrate the benefits that conservation provides to people. March 3rd was officially recognized as World Wildlife Day by the United Nations in 2013, to commemorate the adoption of CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, on the same day in 1973. CITES is an international treaty that regulates trade in endangered plants and animals.
This year, a major theme of World Wildlife Day is elephant conservation. World Wildlife Day organizers claim that 100,000 African elephants were poached for their ivory between 2010 and 2012. Accurate estimates of poaching are difficult to obtain, but high levels of poaching continue to threaten wildlife in many places.
Anti-poaching is a key initiative of SCI Foundation’s conservation program. SCI Foundation supports many different anti-poaching projects and is currently developing a comprehensive strategy to support anti-poaching at multiple levels around the world.
SCI Foundation is a leading advocate for sustainable use within CITES. We believe that the sustainable utilization of wildlife benefits not only biodiversity conservation, but also the livelihoods of people that depend on those species. SCI Foundation was instrumental in the formation of the CITES and Livelihoods Working Group, creating a mechanism to rapidly assess the impacts of CITES regulations on the livelihoods of local communities. The group has recently produced a Livelihoods Handbook, which includes polar bear and markhor case studies, that was well received by international parties.
To learn more about SCI Foundation’s involvement with CITES, read this update post covering the 66th CITES Standing Committee Meeting this past January on our First For Wildlife blog.
The future of wildlife is #InOurHands. Share your conservation story with us and engage with #WorldWildlifeDay on social media! To learn more about World Wildlife Day and how you can help SCI Foundation’s Conservation program, visit us at http://safariclubfoundation.org/world-wildlife-day
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