The 68th session of United Nations General Assembly declared 3rd March as World Wildlife Day (WWD) to raise the awareness on Wild Fauna and Flora and to address the plight of wildlife worldwide. The day was first commemorated in 2014 and since then Bhutan has been regularly observing the day.
For this year, the global theme for World Wildlife Day is in line with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, and thus “Life below water: for people and planet” with focus on marine species. Since Bhutan is a landlocked nation with no marine habitats and even lesser aquatic habitats, the day was observed with a theme relevant to our nature of human-wildlife co-existence “Wildlife – The Next Door Neighbour, Enable Harmonious Co-existence”. The day was observed at Minjiwoong Central School under Jomotshangkha Dungkhag, organized by Jomotsangkha Wildlife Sanctuary (JWS) with support from Nature Conservation Division.
The World Wildlife Day was graced by Chief Dzongkhag Education Officer as a Chief Guest and attended by the Principal, staffs and students of Minjiwoong Central School. It was celebrated to raise awareness on the importance of wildlife and to share the conservation efforts that the Rangers put towards safeguarding the wildlife in Bhutan. A short video clip was presented to create awareness on the Department of Forest and Park Services’ efforts towards fulfilling the important pillar of GNH; “Conservation of Environment”. The main event of the day, however, was a theme based drawing competition amongst the students. The student representatives also talked about the importance of wildlife conservation besides presenting cultural items and a theme based short skit.
JWS also shared the important rules and regulation pertaining to wildlife conservation and concerns about the challenges of emerging human-wildlife conflict incidences.
NCD and JWS