Preparations for this year’s World Wildlife Day commemorations are complete and will be held at Nyamhunga Stadium Kariba on the 5th of March.The commemorations will run under the theme promoting sustainable utilisation of wildlife while the slogan is say no to poaching.The Minister of Environment Water and Climate Hon Saviour Kasukuwere is the guest of honour.
This year Zimbabwe which will combine world wildlife day with Africa Environment day commemorations has raised the awareness bar by inviting popular musician Jah Prayzah to perform at the commemorations. Entertainment will also come from school children as well as rangers who will do drill displays.
On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of the adoption the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day.
The General Assembly took note of the outcome of the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties toCITES, held in Bangkok from 3 to 14 March 2013, in particular Resolution Conf. 16.1 designating 3 March as World Wildlife Day, in order to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora, andrecognized the important role of CITES in ensuring that international trade does not threaten the survival ofspecies.
The General Assembly also reaffirmed the intrinsic value of wildlife and its various contributions – includingecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic – tosustainable development and human well-being.
World Wildlife Day 2014 provides an opportunity to, inter alia:
– Celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora
– Raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that wildlife provides to people
– And raise awareness of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-rangingeconomic, environmental and social impacts.