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 in Bhutan 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 day was graced by Chief Dzongkhag Education Officer as a Chief Guest and attended by the Principal, staffs and students of Minjiwoong Central School.
The day 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. Towards this end, a speech on World Wildlife Day covering brief history and importance of the day was made by JWS. JWS made a short video clip presentation to the floor to create awareness on what the Department of Forest and Park Services has been doing to fulfil the important pillar of GNH; “Conservation of Environment”. The student representatives also talked about the importance of wildlife conservation. The main event of the day, however, was a theme based drawing competition amongst the students. The students also presented cultural items and a theme based short skit.
JWS also took the privilege to share important rules and regulation pertaining to wildlife conservation and also shared concerns about the challenges of emerging human-wildlife conflict incidences.
-JWS and NCD
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