Peru will use opportunity to raise awareness of illegal animal trafficking.
Peru has joined the celebrations of the first-ever World Wildlife Day to commemorate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora.
On 20 December, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 3 March, the date of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as the World Wildlife Day.
As part of the celebrations in the Andean nation, it will be carried out an special ceremony at the headquarters of the National Water authority (ANA).The ceremony includes the launch of “The national campaign on illegal wildlife trafficking” which is aimed at raising awareness among citizens on the illicit trade of Peru’s wildlife.
Peru is one of the 12 mega-diverse countries in the world. It has 84 life zones out of all 117 of the planet and 28 world climates out of all 32. Also, the Andean country has more than 25,000 flora species, which represents 10 percent of the world’s diversity.
Such biological heritage contributes significantly to the economy as it accounts for more than 22 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and at least 24 percent of the country’s export.