The Wildlife Conservation Department (WCD) has organized a series of programs to mark World Wildlife Day on March 3, a spokesperson of the Department said. The national ceremony will be held at 10am at the Department Headquarters with the participation of Wildlife Conservation Minister Gamini Vijith Vijithamuni Zoysa and Postal Minister Jeewan Kumaratunga.
A commemorative stamp will also be issued. The Indigenous (Adhivasi) community and ‘Thelingu’ community will also participate in the ceremony. The Key note speech will be delivered by WCD Research and Training Deputy Director S R B Dissanayake. Regional level awareness programs have been organized in selected schools parallel to the national ceremony.
March 3 was declared the ‘World Wildlife Day’ during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in Geneva on December 20, 2013. March 3 was the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). About 163 countries are signatory to the Convention. The World Wildlife Day aims at raising awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora.
“The World Wildlife Day recognizes 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 the important role of CITES in ensuring that international trade does not threaten the species’ survival. The CITES remains one of the world’s most powerful tools for biodiversity conservation through the regulation of trade in wild fauna and flora” the spokesperson said.