World Environment Day is a big annual celebration started by the United Nations General Assembly to engage millions of people from different countries across the globe as well as draw attention of political and health organizations to implement some effective actions. It started celebrating as an annual event on every 5th of June since 1973 in order to raise the global awareness about the importance of the healthy and green environment in the human lives.
The booming illegal trade in wildlife products is eroding Earth’s precious biodiversity, robbing us of our natural heritage and pushing whole species toward extinction. The killing and smuggling is also undermining economies, fueling organized crime, and feeding corruption and insecurity across the globe. The WED 2016 campaign aims to raise awareness of the far-reaching nature of wildlife crime and – with the slogan “Go Wild for Life” – encourages people to change their habits to reduce demand for illegal wildlife products, and to press everyone to do what they can to stop the trade. This call is based on the hope that individual actions and statements can collectively bring about a change in attitudes and policies toward both the trade and its products.
As in the past years, ICIMOD will be celebrating the World Environment Day (WED) on 5 June 2016. ICIMOD has been celebrating the day :
In celebration of the WED, ICIMOD will be organizing some programme in the Headquarters, namely (tentative):
India: The Eco Concept will organize a two days experiential event with students at Kaziranga National Park, followed by World Environment Day celebration in Schools and a set of sustainable activities to be carried out for the next three months. The event is proposed to be organized in collaboration with the Department of Forests, Government of Assam with support from ICIMOD.
Pakistan: ICIMOD Country Office in Pakistan is organizing a seminar on ‘Zero Tolerance for Illegal Wildlife Trade’ in Sakardu in collaboration with Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Government of Gilgit Baltistan, Australian High Commission, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), World Wildlife Fund for Nature Pakistan (WWF-P), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Mountain Areas Farmer Support Organization (MAFSO) and local communities.