António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations of Message
Earth is an inextricable element of this rich tapestry of life which makes our planet’s biological diversity. All human cultures have been and continue to be constructed on the use of cultivated and wild species of fauna and flora, from the food that we eat to the air we all breathe.
But it appears that humankind has forgotten exactly how much we want nature for our survival and well-being. As our people and our demands keep growing, we maintain exploiting natural resources – like wild creatures and plants and their habitats – in an unsustainable way.
In its 2019 International Assessment, the Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) emphasized how the current worldwide rate of species extinction is uncontrolled and hastening – thousands to hundreds of times greater than before people inhabited the world.
From overexploiting habitats, wildlife and ecosystems, humanity is threatening both itself and also the survival of numerous species of wild plants and creatures. Now, near a quarter of all species on Earth are at risk of becoming extinct in the upcoming decades.
With this Planet Wildlife Day, let’s remind ourselves of our obligation to preserve and sustainably utilize the huge number of life on Earth. A universe of booming biodiversity provides the basis we have to attain our Sustainable Development Goals of a world of dignity and opportunity for many individuals on a wholesome planet.
Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP of Message
This is a chance to increase urgent awareness of the plight of character, the plight of wildlife, and what this implies for human health and Earth.
Science informs us that almost one million from the almost 8 million species on our world face the danger of extinction. We’re losing species at a mean of 1000 times the normal extinction rate. This is a tragedy we just can’t afford.
In 2020, the Super Year for Nature, we’ve got a true opportunity to flex the curve on character reduction.
Far too much of our economic development, food production, urbanization and source extraction has arrived at the cost of wild spaces. We know as an instance that 70 percent of our tropical woods confront degradation from unsustainable land conversion. And honestly where wildlife and wild spaces persist, the price of keeping them is borne by poor communities however, the rewards accrue to all.
This has to change. The real significance of character has to be accounted for in our own economic models.
And we must measure our support of sustainable trade .
And we have to acknowledge and reinforce the use of indigenous individuals in ensuring healthy wildlife populations and habitats flourish in tandem.
So within this decade of shipping for actions on the sustainable growth objectives, collectively, lets rise jointly for all life on this world.
Let us make this a superb year for character, and make sure that future generations may see the exact same beauty on this world, I for one, grew up! Here is the near future at stake. And now’s the time to act.
Ivonne Higuero, Secretary-General of CITES of Message
We’re extremely fortunate to rely on the existence of an infinite diversity of wild creatures, plants, and other lifeforms that collectively make life on the planet.
People around the globe benefit each and every day out of wildlife. In many ways, our background is the story of our species’ interaction with, and adaptation, the most diverse lifeforms within our near vicinity. Since time immemorial, we’ve utilized wild plants and creatures to get out most fundamental needs: in the air we breatheinto the food that we consume, to the substances we use for comfort and shelter.
The individual well-being and prosperity that’s derived from the immediate manipulation of wildlife, habitats and ecosystems shouldn’t be to the detriment of these building blocks of a rich and diverse biosphere.
More and more, but the unsustainable exploitation of wild flora and fauna and their ecosystems is threatening their survival. Each and every bit of this mystery of existence is vital and dropping even the tiniest of those pieces leaves usand the whole world, poorer. When human activities threaten thousands and thousands of species, even since they’re doing now, it’s the whole biosphere – of that we also are part – that’s jeopardized.
We face the huge challenge of living in harmony with nature in order that we could meet our own desires without neglecting all the numerous lifeforms with that we share this world on ocean, land and atmosphere.
The addition of species in the CITES Appendices, the conservation efforts undertaken by our Parties, and also the additional jobs of spouses at other Conventions or associations working on biodiversity and growth will help to counteract the reduction of biodiversity on Earth.
But, transformative adjustments are required because we find ourselves in a critical turning point both for our species and also to the whole biosphere. More than ever we have to come together in a concerted effort to sustain all life on Earth.
We’re pleased to do our role in advocating for a sustainable and responsible utilization of wildlife to conserve our planet’s biodiversity. CITES is pleased to sponsor this year’s World Wildlife Day with the subject”devoting all life on Earth”, and we invite all the world’s citizens to join in the celebration of one of the landmarks of this”Biodiversity Super Year”.
Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary of IPBES of Message
Maintaining all life on Earth is a suitable theme for World Wildlife Day throughout the’2020 Super Year for Nature’ since biodiversity and character’s gifts to individuals are quite literally the bedrock on which human evolution and also well-being is grounded.
In 2019, the IPBES Global Assessment appeared the alert: 1 million species of animals and plants are threatened with extinction within a matter of decades.
In 2020 we have to choose improved, evidence-informed policies, and essentially change our connection with nature to ensure a wholesome world for each and every individual.
Wildlife is much more than the clear magnetic and exotic species. Wild plants and animals, along with the spaces they inhabit, will be the building blocks of individual well-being and essential for many 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
I thank CITES because of its vital function in protecting endangered species and most of people who raise their voices to talk for the long run we would like.
We look forward to continuing cooperation with the CITES community, especially on the existing IPBES evaluation of the sustainable utilization of wild species.
Maintaining all life on Earth is just as much about self-interest as altruismas much about humans as character.
Dilys Roe, Chair of IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi) of Message
Sometimes – especially if we hear species under risk of extinction and ecosystems on the edge of collapse — it’s not difficult to believe that the most important thing we can take is to safeguard wildlife out of people. More frequently than not, it’s the sustainable utilization of species from individuals which may be crucial to their long-term conservation.
From the beginning of the 1970s there were just 3,000 animals left in the wild as individuals had thought of them and sought to eliminate them. A security programme was begun to save from extinction that went nicely for a couple years till they attained the amounts and sizes which once more began to have serious adverse impacts on individuals and the security was stopped. The debut of an egg group and ranching programme in the 1980s, so the crocodiles became an advantage as opposed to a cost to local folks turned things around, and the crocodile population has created a complete recovery and amounts approximately 100,000 — about where it had been in 1940s.
For those crocodiles, the greatest use is to generate leather to the luxury fashion market. But sustainable usage isn’t all about higher value products. Each and every day a huge array of species have been used by people around the world to get a huge array of motives — food, clothes, income, ethnic festivals and a lot more. Since the CBD notes, this renewable usage”provides incentives for conservation and recovery due to the societal, cultural, and economic benefits that people derive from this use.”
Wild habitats and species are lost generally since the folks in a position to influence them rural communities that farmfish and handle forests – aren’t encouraged to conserve them. People today deforest for agriculture, they poach for cash, they overuse since they should consume. Legal, sustainable utilization of wild species brings advantages to individuals (fiscal and non invasive), so people feel inclined to conserve the species to ensure this stream of benefits persist. IUCN emphasized this connection imagining that”Utilization of wild living resources, if sustainable, is an important conservation tool as the societal and economic benefits derived from such use provide incentives for individuals to conserve them”. Though IUCN’s sustainable usage policy has been adopted 20 decades back, it remains as important today in 2020 because it had been in 2000, or even more so.