“Support all life on Earth”, flora and fauna, which are at high risk of extinction. It is the theme of the World Wildlife day established by the UN seven years ago and which occurs every 3 March. Never before this year has the strict objective of the United Nations and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES, signed March 3, 1973) is to preserve biodiversity worldwide.
A world conference in China is also scheduled in October and for this appointment the European Commission is working on a plan which should be ready in March. Losing plants and wild animals that contribute to the natural balance and are a means of subsistence for people, especially those who live closest to nature, is expensive: more than one and a half times the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP), about 145,000 billion of dollars a year that man is throwing away, between crop pollination, water purification, flood protection and carbon sequestration, recently recalled Sir Robert Watson, one of the leading international environmental experts and until last May president of the Intergovernmental Platform promoted by the UN on biodiversity (Ipbes).
On the occasion of World Wildlife Day, the Cites Secretariat stresses the importance of a sustainable use of natural resources to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Objective 1 (No poverty), the Objective 12 (Guarantee sustainable consumption and production models) Objective 14 (Life under water) and Objective 15 (Life on earth). The Earth, Cites continues, “is home to countless species of fauna and flora, too many to even attempt to count them.