Tiger reserves to mark World Wildlife Day today

NAGPUR: World Wildlife Day will be celebrated with several programmes about fauna and flora in Pench, Melghat and Tadoba tiger reserves on March 3.

Satpuda Foundation has organized several village-level awareness programmes at Pench, Melghat and Tadoba. “The day reminds us of the urgent need to stop wildlife crime, which has serious economic, environmental and social impacts,” said Kishor Rithe, member of state board for wildlife.

On December 20, 2013, 68th session of the UN General Assembly had decided to proclaim March 3, the day of adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora.

In its resolution, the General Assembly reaffirmed intrinsic value of wildlife and its various contributions, including ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic, to sustainable development and human well-being, and recognized the important role of CITES in ensuring that international trade does not threaten the species’ survival.

CITES, with 179 member states, remains one of the world’s most powerful tools for biopersity conservation through the regulation of trade in wild fauna and flora. Thousands of species are internationally traded and used by people in their daily lives for food, housing, health care, ecotourism, cosmetics or fashion.

CITES regulates international trade in over 35,000 species of plants and animals, including their products and derivatives, ensuring their survival in the wild with benefits for the livelihoods of local people and the global environment. The CITES permit system seeks to ensure that international trade in listed species is sustainable, legal and traceable. CITES was signed in Washington on March 3, 1973.