World Wildlife Day

03 Mar 2014 14:52 - 03 Mar 2014 15:05 #1731 by Paul TW
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03 Mar 2014 21:33 #1732 by WalkingTiger
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World Wildlife Day for me is everyday. How do you like them apples, UN?

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04 Mar 2014 00:41 #1734 by onflipflops
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Just saw a news item showing some wildlife being released back in the wild in Thailand. Suppose that had to do with this World Wildlife Day.

It makes me wonder how often wildlife is released back into the wild after being confiscated. Does anybody have an idea about this?
I just get the idea that most animals will never find their way back to the wild.
For some species it is difficult, I understand you can't just leave some tiger cubs in the forest and hope everything will be fine. Though I would think that even if success rates are low for certain species, it is still better than leaving them in a cage somewhere waiting for World Wildlife Day...

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05 Mar 2014 08:48 #1738 by Bagheera
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Agree with the walking tiger man, it should at least be a World Wild Life week..
I am yet still filled with hope for the outcome of many issues in conservation, go wildlife!!

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05 Mar 2014 12:37 - 05 Mar 2014 17:13 #1741 by Paul TW
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WalkingTiger wrote: How do you like them apples, UN?


You just knew I would have to run to her defense didn't you :lol: Here goes...............

Actually these "days" are just to help raise awareness once a year - that's all they are really intended to do.

More importantly for mother-UN is the Decade on Biodiversity (2010-20). Which we are currently in, and is of interest to people like us in this forum, in terms of outcomes.




A "decade" is much more important in UN terms as it is linked to actual goals to be achieved, in regards to the Decade on Biodiversity, those goals are:

1. Address the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by mainstreaming biodiversity across government and society

2. Reduce the direct pressures on biodiversity and promote sustainable use

3. Improve the status of biodiversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity

4. Enhance the benefits to all from biodiversity and ecosystem services

5. Enhance implementation through participatory planning, knowledge management and capacity building


But to add my own little twist to the end - the UN is just a facilitator, it works ardently with its member states to come to unified agreements and to pass conventions, (i.e. Convention on Biological Diversity ) treaties, protocols, charters, etc. It does its best to monitor compliance with these agreements. But it is not always required or funded to monitor compliance by its member states.

Ultimately change is in the hands of the UN Member States, those member states are represented by their national governments. Those national government policy makers are put into place by their citizen's votes, and are supposed to represent the majority view of their nationals. "We" are those nationals.

So it is "we" that are important, it is "we" that have the power, it is "we" that have the responsibility and every little thing we do to raise awareness on these issues is important. Tell your kids what you think, tell their teachers, tell your lover, tell your drinking buddies, tell the taxi driver if need be. Speak it, write it, paint it, photograph it, video it, just do it, do it proactively and with good intentions.

Get the message out in any little way you can to support your beliefs on wildlife conservation. Help to raise awareness for Wildlife.

And now we have come full circle about what a "day" is, and why the UN has them.
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