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Photo Credits: Sun through the Trees © Matteo Cargasacchi; Grand Canyon © Charles Besancon; Tree Frog © Rafael Alvarez; Forest Fire © Tambako the Jaguar
Today we’re celebrating the first annual World Wildlife Day. Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as an occasion to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora, the date was chosen to coincide with the day that the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was first adopted. UNEP-WCMC is proud to support this Convention – and much of our work promotes its implementation.
UNEP-WCMC’s Director, Jon Hutton, attended the 2014 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos at the end of January. In an interview with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, Jon reflects on his impression of the meeting and why the conservation community should be involved.
Read the full question and answer session online now at the Cambridge Conservation Initiative website.
A commitment has been made by representatives of over 40 nations and 11 intergovernmental organizations to end the illegal trade in wildlife following a two day conference in London, UK. The conference highlighted the threat wildlife crime poses to the economy and cultural heritage of nations, and to many populations of elephants, rhinos, and big cats, as well as other species.
The participating states and intergovernmental organizations have agreed actions that will eradicate demand for illegal wildlife products, strengthen and enforce laws related to wildlife trade, and support the development of sustainable livelihoods that provide an alternative option to poaching.
UNEP-WCMC supports the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020.
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