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Celebrating World Wildlife Day 2014

Learn more about World Wildlife Day at www.wildlifeday.org/3rd March 2014 is World Wildlife Day, chosen to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. The day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973, a treaty which plays an important role in ensuring that international trade does not threaten the species’ survival.

Over-harvesting for trade is the second-biggest direct threat to species after habitat destruction. Wild plant ingredients are used in a variety of industries, ranging from food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, and are of vital importance to humanity. The trade also provides a source of income to millions of households involved in collection. Medicinal and aromatic plants underpin both traditional and “modern” healthcare systems.

Species considered at risk from international trade are listed in the Appendices of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The list includes roughly 5,600 species of animals and 30,000 species of plants. Of these, international commercial trade is precluded for 630 animal and 301 plant species. Management measures are put in place for the remaining species, to ensure that trade remains within sustainable limits.

The FairWild Standard provides principles and criteria to ensure that legal trade in plant species is carried out at sustainable levels so the species concerned are not at risk. This can help guide the management of those species in which the international trade is controlled through CITES, and also a wide range of other plant species for which no international controls are currently in place.

Join us at FairWild Foundation in celebrating World Wildlife Day 2014, and working towards a future where the harvesting and trade of wild plant ingredients can support biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of these precious resources.

World Wildlife Day

Find out more all about World Wildlife Day and read messages of support from UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, CITES Secretary-General John E. Scanlon and many other leading international figures. www.wildlifeday.org/