- World Wildlife Day is celebrated every year on March 3
- India has 70% of global Tiger population: Union Minister, MoEFCC
- World loses about 4.6 million hectares of forests every year: UN
New Delhi: According to the United Nations, every year, the world loses about 4.6 million hectares of forests because of numerous unsustainable human activities like timber trafficking, urbanisation, agriculture, and natural calamities. This reduction in forests contributes to biodiversity loss which along with widespread poaching is threatening the wildlife on the planet, it says. The wildlife that includes countless species of flora and fauna play a crucial role in balancing the ecosystem. With an aim to raise awareness about the importance of the wildlife and the issues impacting it, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on December 20, 2013, decided to proclaim March 3, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day. The theme of World Wildlife Day 2021 is “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet.”
In his address on the occasion of World Wildlife Day 2021, António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations said,
The planet’s forests are home to some 80 per cent of all terrestrial wild species. They help regulate the climate and support the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people. Some 90 per cent of the world’s poorest people are dependent in some way on forest resources. The unsustainable exploitation of forests harms these communities and contributes to biodiversity loss and climate disruption.
Some 90% of the world’s poorest people depend on forest resources – many of them indigenous communities.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) March 3, 2021
Mr. Guterres further said that illegal trade in wild animal species is increasing the risks of zoonotic diseases, such as Ebola and COVID-19. He said,
On this year’s World Wildlife Day, I urge governments, businesses and people everywhere to scale up efforts to conserve forests and forest species, and to support and listen to the voices of forest communities. In so doing, we will contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for people, planet and prosperity.
To celebrate the day and raise awareness about the importance of forests and ecosystems and how sustainable way of lifestyle is beneficial for the livelihood, people took to social media and shared informative and motivating posts.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid emphasis on the protection of forests and safe habitats for animals and also extended gratitude to those working towards wildlife protection.
On #WorldWildlifeDay, I salute all those working towards wildlife protection. Be it lions, tigers and leopards, India is seeing a steady rise in the population of various animals. We should do everything possible to ensure the protection of our forests and safe habitats for animals, PM Modi tweeted.
On #WorldWildlifeDay, I salute all those working towards wildlife protection. Be it lions, tigers and leopards, India is seeing a steady rise in the population of various animals. We should do everything possible to ensure protection of our forests and safe habitats for animals.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 3, 2021
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the government is working on the reintroduction of the Cheetah, which went extinct in 1952.
India has thriving wildlife and biodiversity. 70 per cent of Global Tiger population. 70 per cent of Asiatic Lions. 60 per cent of Leopard population. The Narendra Modi govt is working on the reintroduction of Cheetah, which went extinct in 1952….this Big Cat will be a reality soon. #WorldWildlifeDay, he said.
India has thriving wildlife & biodiversity.
70% of Global Tiger population .70 % of Asiatic Lions.
60% of Leopard population.
The @narendramodi govt. is working on reintroduction of Cheetah,which went extinct in 1952.
…this Big Cat will be a reality soon.
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) March 3, 2021
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju urged people to realise the importance of wildlife in their daily lives. He wrote on Twitter,
On #WorldWildlifeDay let’s realize that from the majestic lions to the humble worker bee, the huge variety of life on Earth is critical to our lives and well-being. India is seeing a steady rise in the population of various animals!
On #WorldWildlifeDay let's realise that from the majestic lions to the humble worker bee, the huge variety of life on Earth is critical to our lives and well-being. India is seeing a steady rise in the population of various animals!
Courtesy: Caters Clips pic.twitter.com/0io5WxyLHw
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) March 3, 2021
Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, said it is a day to celebrate ‘forest-based livelihoods’. He wrote on Twitter,
On #WorldWildlifeDay, let us celebrate forest-based livelihoods. Our culture has sustained practices that accommodate both human well-being and the long-term conservation of forests and forest-dwelling biodiversity.
On #WorldWildlifeDay, let us celebrate forest-based livelihoods. Our culture has sustained practices that accommodate both human well-being and the long-term conservation of forests and forest-dwelling biodiversity. pic.twitter.com/54O8MdLZRc
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) March 3, 2021
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu wrote,
On this World Wildlife Day, let us all put in dedicated efforts to save and preserve the wildlife & create greater awareness on the need to maintain a healthy ecological balance on our planet.
On this World Wildlife Day, let us all put in dedicated efforts to save and preserve the wildlife & create greater awareness on the need to maintain a healthy ecological balance on our planet. #WorldWildlifeDay #WorldWildlifeDay2021 pic.twitter.com/U0051okyD7
— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) March 3, 2021
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to mark World Wildlife Day said that sustaining biodiversity is important for humankind. He wrote,
On #WorldWildlifeDay, let’s raise awareness regarding the significance of fauna & flora, essential for planet earth & survival of human life. It’s important to create conditions for ecosystems to survive & wildlife to flourish. Sustaining biodiversity is essential for humankind.
On #WorldWildlifeDay, let’s raise awareness regarding significance of fauna & flora, essential for planet earth & survival of human life. It's important to create conditions for ecosystems to survive & wildlife to flourish. Sustaining biodiversity is essential for humankind.
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) March 3, 2021
To mark the occasion of World Wildlife Day, Padma Shri Awardee sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sculpture at the Puri beach in Odisha, shared the pictures of the same on Twitter and wrote,
On #WorldWildlifeDay My SandArt at Puri beach in Odisha with the message We love our wildlife.
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) March 3, 2021
Erik Solheim, former Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) also took an opportunity to motivate people to celebrate the beautiful and varied form of wildlife on the planet. He also shared how technology is helping in tracking and protecting wildlife.
Today is World Wildlife Day. Lets celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora. Lets step up the urgent fight against wildlife crime. Please join me for a great Webinar. Tonight 2000 European time.@SolidarityHR pic.twitter.com/Q86iGMKUZ1
— Erik Solheim (@ErikSolheim) March 3, 2021
World Wildlife Day today.
Technology can help conservation.
New Zealand ????????uses drones and artificial intelligence to track and protect dolphins
— Erik Solheim (@ErikSolheim) March 3, 2021
Actor Nimrat Kaur urged people to remember that human live in the space of the wildlife and not the other way round.
We live in their world. Not the other way around. #WildlifeDay
— Nimrat Kaur (@NimratOfficial) March 3, 2021
Actor Pulkit Samrat, who will be seen in the upcoming movie ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’, shared how he bonded with an elephant named Unni for life. He shared pictures on Instagram and wrote,
For me, this is not just a title of my movie anymore. It stands true to the time I shared with this gentle beast. Meet Unni the elephant; playful, gentle, understanding and more human than many humans I know. I feel blessed to spend a year and a half in the forest with this beautiful soul.
Various other people also shared their messages about World Wildlife Day. A Twitter user Ugyen Tshering said,
Wishing everyone Happy World Wildlife Day 2021. May there be more harmony and peace with our neighbours. May we understand that they have the right to this world as much as we do. Let’s share the space in harmony and respect each other’s privacy and right to living.
Wishing everyone Happy World Wildlife Day 2021. May there be more harmony and peace with our neighbors. May we understand that they have right to this world as much as we do. Let's share the space in harmony and respect each other's privacy and right to living ???????????? pic.twitter.com/G6gmpl26Fl
— Ugyen Tshering (@ugyen_t) March 3, 2021
Manisha Kataki highlighted that World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of fauna and flora of Earth.
Adarsh Asokan, another user, reminded people that animals have as much right to live on the planet as humans.
Each and every animal on earth has as much right to be here as you and me#wildlifeday #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #photography #conservation #nationalwildlifeday #wildlifeconservation #worldwildlifeday pic.twitter.com/9hgJqdgCwJ
— ADARSH ASOKAN (@ADARSHASOKAN8) March 3, 2021
Another social media user took to Twitter and shared some of the photographs taken by them on the occasion of World Wildlife Day.
#WildlifeDay 03.03#Animals #plants #fungi or #bacteria #wildlife is part of our world and we need to take care of it.#WorldWildlifeDay reminds us of our responsibilities to our #world and the #lifeforms we share it with.#MyPhoto #TwitterNatureCommunity #photooftheday pic.twitter.com/yxE9wOVXaj
— inèsisabella (@insisabella1) March 2, 2021
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