Forest protection focus of wildlife day

Today is World Wildlife Day and HPF urges you to join global efforts to raise awareness of the need to step up the fight to establish a safe and sustainable relationship with one of our planet’s most valuable resources – forests!

This year’s theme which is “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet” encourages you to not only acknowledge the vital role forests play but also the indigenous knowledge that can keep them safe. This aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goals 1, 12, 13 and 15, and their wide-ranging commitments to alleviating poverty, ensuring sustainable use of resources, and on conserving life land.

Forests, forest species and the livelihoods that depend on them are finding themselves at the crossroads of the multiple planetary crises we face — from climate change, to biodiversity loss and the health, social and economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With between 200 and 350 million people living within or adjacent to forested areas around the world, relying on the various ecosystem services provided by forest and forest species for their livelihoods WE NEED TO ACT NOW!

The planet is broken because humanity is waging war on the planet, a suicidal act, according to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guteres., who points out that Indigenous knowledge can contribute solutions.

HPF’s Executive Director Sione Tu’itahi who is chair of the IUHPE Global Working Group on Waiora Planetary Health and Human Wellbeing says with the impact of the planetary crisis intensifying daily, and more species edging toward extinction it’s vital that we act now if we are to ensure our own survival.”

“That is why we called on the world community at the World Conference on Health Promotion, 2019 in Rotorua, “to urgently act to promote planetary health and sustainable development for all, now and for the sake of future generations.’”

World Wildlife Day will also seek to promote forest and forest wildlife management models and practices that accommodate both human wellbeing and the long-term conservation of forests, forest-dwelling species of wild fauna and flora and the ecosystems they sustain.