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03.03.2014 - Natural Sciences Sector

World Wildlife Day, raising awareness of the world's wild fauna and flora

© M. Graye, IGCP. Mother and child Mountain Gorillas, Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly decided in 2013 to proclaim 3 March, the day of the 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.

The General Assembly reaffirmed in its resolution the 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.

Some of the most emblematic and threatened wildlife species, including mountain gorillas, pandas, tigers and different species of rhino live in Biosphere Reserves around the world. The Man and Biosphere Programme and its World Network of Biosphere Reserves are playing a key role in wildlife conservation through different projects and initiatives, one of the most exemplary being the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP).

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