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World Wildlife Day on 3rd March & the Significance of Wildlife

World Wildlife Day on 3rd March signifies the importance of Wildlife. Pakistan should also implement the spirit of the day.
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Dr. Muhammad Bilawal Kamran

Wildlife refers to living creatures that are neither domesticated/tamed nor bred, including animals, plants, and microorganisms in natural habitats. Hence, it means that the animals live in a natural world. Then, it is the right of the animals, being a creature of a planet, to live according to the law of nature. However, it is also significant that the natural species remain alive to protect the environment. The biggest challenge is the extinction of the species owing to multure challenges to the natural habitat and environment. Wildlife is a natural treasure, and this natural treasure must be preserved, protected and developed. The law of nature must be restored. Therefore, it is essential to comprehend the issue’s essentiality and guard the animals’ natural life.

Billions of people in developed and developing nations benefit daily from using wild species for food, energy, materials, medicine, recreation, inspiration and many other vital contributions to human well-being.

The accelerating global biodiversity crisis, with a million species of plants and animals facing extinction, threatens these contributions to people.

World Wildlife Day (WWD) is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and raise awareness of their conservation’s many benefits. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime and the human-induced reduction of species, which have wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts. Given these adverse effects, Sustainable Development Goal 15 focuses on halting biodiversity loss.

World Wildlife Day will be celebrated in 2023 under the theme “Partnerships for wildlife conservation”, honouring the people who are making a difference.

Partnerships operate on a large scale or involve a few children or a school. For some, it could be organizing a school sale to benefit a conservation group; for others, it could be posting photographs online to raise awareness of endangered species. All of them are equally valid.

This upcoming year, the UN celebrates a remarkable partnership: the 50th anniversary of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

This Convention is an international agreement between governments to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten the species’ survival. Today, it grants varying degrees of protection to more than 37,000 species of animals and plants.

Through the past 50 years, partnerships have been at the heart of CITES. WWD will celebrate the bridge that CITES has been for these partnerships to form, significantly contributing to sustainability, wildlife and biodiversity conservation.

Following this Convention, UN agencies, private sector organizations, philanthropies, and non-governmental organizations must keep working for conservation, the sustainable use of wildlife, the fight against illegal trade, and the depletion of wildlife.

Sustaining existing partnerships and building new ones is critical for the future of life on earth.

We need to change our relationship with nature, and we need to work together.

Wildlife is crucial for a country. Biological species are the asset of nature, and it is essential to protect them. Pakistan understands the significance of the task. Wildlife is a devolved subject in the federation of Pakistan in the wake of the 18th amendment. Provinces have established wildlife departments. Proper legislation is in place for the protection and growth of wildlife. However, wildlife faces multiple challenges in Pakistan, as the case is in the world. Like all, the fundamental challenge is the extinction of wildlife. The northern areas of Pakistan, deserts and other geographical landscapes offer unique wildlife in Pakistan. It is a natural treasure. Therefore, the spirit of international Day must be implemented in the administrative structures in Pakistan. 

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