DENR leads national celebration of World Wildlife Day 2018
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through its Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), is leading the national observance of the World Wildlife Day until March 6.
DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said that the celebration is “a crucial step in promoting the protection of wildlife species in the Philippines.”
“We have various activities lined up for the World Wildlife Day to remind the Filipino people of their role in protecting and conserving the treasures of our natural resources,” Cimatu said.
The World Wildlife Day is celebrated starting today (March 3), the day the landmark Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was adopted in 1973. This year’s theme is “Big cats: predators under threat.”
The annual celebration, which started in 2014 following the declaration by the United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 20, 2013, aims to raise awareness of endangered animal and plant species, and ways to fight against wildlife crime.
The Philippines joins the global celebration as part of its commitment to the CITES, an international agreement to regulate worldwide commercial trade in animal and plant species.
Director Theresa Mundita Lim of the DENR’s Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) said several activities will be held to “maximize the opportunity to raise public awareness on the diverse wildlife resources in the country.”