3 March – World Wildlife Day has now become the most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife.

Celebrated in 2021 as the theme “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet”. This year’s theme is aimed at highlighting the crucial role forests, forest species and their ecosystems services in sustaining the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people globally. With attention to Indigenous and local communities with historic ties to forested and forest-adjacent areas.

This aligns with multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals and their wide-ranging commitments to alleviating poverty, ensuring sustainable use of resources, and on conserving life .

It is estimated that between 200 and 350 million people live within or adjacent to forested areas around the world. These populations rely heavily on the various ecosystem services provided by forest and forest species for their livelihoods and to cover their most basic needs, including food, shelter, energy and medicines.
Roughly 28% of the world’s land surface is currently managed by indigenous peoples, including some of the most ecologically intact forests on the planet.

These spaces are not only central to their economic and personal well-being, but also to their cultural identities. Indigenous peoples and local communities are at the forefront of the symbiotic relationship between humans and forest, forest-dwelling wildlife species and the ecosystem services they provide.

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

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At Swift Geospatial, we see, understand and support the synergy that exists between forests and livelihoods with conservation at the core. We support various organisations that seek to improve and monitor forests and wildlife ecosystems in conjunction with human interaction. The use of satellite-based remote sensing capabilities are ever expanding making it possible to monitor management practices occurring at any part of the Planet in a timely manner.

This improves the flow of decision-making and emergency responses, if need be.

On March 3 2021, World Wildlife Day will celebrate forest-based livelihoods and seek to promote forest and forest wildlife management models and practices that accommodate both human well-being and the long-term conservation of forests, forest-dwelling species of wild fauna and flora and the ecosystems they sustain, and promote the value of traditional practices and knowledge that contribute to establishing a more sustainable relationship with these crucial natural systems.

World Wildlife Day 2021 Virtual Global Event: World Wildlife Day is usually celebrated with a high-level event at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2021 celebration will be entirely virtual: we will be holding an online event, bringing together representatives of UN member States, UN System organizations and multilateral environmental agreements, civil society, and the private sector for a series of discussions along the theme of “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet“.

The preliminary agenda for the 2021 virtual event can be found here. This virtual event will be broadcasted live to the public on the above YouTube link.

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Video message by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, on World Wildlife Day 2021 (3 March).

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