World Wildlife Day - March 3

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on 13 March, 2014

In its resolution, recently, the General Assembly reaffirmed 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 dose not threaten the species’ survival. The General Assembly requested the CITES Secretariat, in collaboration with relevant organizations of the United Nations system, to facilitate the implementation of World Wildlife Day.

Welcoming the news, CITES Secretary-General, Mr. John E. Scanlon, said, “World Wildlife Day is an ideal opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fanna and flora and raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.”

“We invite all members States, relevant organizations of the United Nations System as well as all other interested organizations and individuals –from airports to museums to schools – to get involved in this global celebration of wildlife”, added Scanlon


World Wildlife Day Celebrated at Ogba Zoo


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Over 1,000 participants attended the maiden edition of Wildlife Day celebration at the Ogba Zoo & Park, Benin City. Amongst key stakeholders were Wildlife experts and scholars from various universities including UNIBEN; Wildlife advocates representing various NGOs, Wildlife Administrators in the Ministries of Environment, Agriculture and Tourism; veterans of the sector, community leaders, youths and students. The Wildlife Day event was declared open by the Edo State Commissioner of Environment Prince Clem Agba.


It featured a symposium on threats to sustainable wildlife management with the theme: "If Animals Go, What Next?". It also featured a POSTER EXHIBITION on Wildlife conservation precepts, which was declared open by the Edo State Commissioner for Tourism Mrs Aneena Jemitola.  

 The high point was the unveiling of an action plan which positions incorporated and regulated hunters associations with a new role in conservation. There was a colorful hunters dance performed to the delight of spectators.  

Programme of Event
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Conference laments the global assault on wildlife populations and habitats, and the increasing challenges in sustainable wildlife management due to governance deficit arising from declining capacities, conflict, ignorance and greed.

Clarion call for the regeneration of traditional culturally relevant conservation practices  such as sacred groves, seasonal harvesting, taboos, etc; and for fresh concerted initiatives at creating new wildlife sanctuaries, in addition to conserving existing ones.  

Conference commends the new roles of incorporated registered hunters in conservation, and the drive by its affiliate associations, under the leadership of comrade macaulay, for strict regulation of hunting up to local levels; calling on the authotities to urgently clamp down on wanton decapitation of wildlife species by poachers, now operating with sophistication across state and national boundaries.

Conference reiterates the calls for the inclusion of conservation education in the curriculum of schools, having in mind its intrisic value as a key tourism resource amongst others, in order to “catch them young”.

That edo state government leads support for the pilot scheme for the first international wildlife rescue centre in the west african sub-region, being located at the state biological gardens (ogba zoo), with its rare urban wildlife sanctuary, along with specialised ancillary facilities.

Conference challenges scholars, researchers, legislators, policy makers, regulators, communities and other stakehokders to regain focus on international best practices in wildlife management, in order to generate fresh impetus for attaining ecological integrity and progress.

Conference commends the administration of governor adams aliu oshiomhole for its unwavering stance on protecting the wildlife heritage of edo state, together with his drive to build liveable cities and communities; but requests that more synergy be forged with stakeholders for sustainability.

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