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Their Future is Our Future – Sustainable Development for Wildlife & People

A Hawksbill turtle at the Turtle Rehabilitation Project at Madinat Jumeirah Resort in Dubai.
A Hawksbill turtle at the Turtle Rehabilitation Project at Madinat Jumeirah Resort in Dubai. UN Photo/Mark Garten
Did you know our future depends on migratory animals?

Migratory animals provide vital services that satisfy people’s everyday needs – as a source of food and medicine, as pollinators and seed dispersers, and as a means of pest control. They can also fire our imagination with their majestic presence and beauty and inspire us with their intrepid journeys across deserts and oceans. 

In the Caribbean, sea turtles are probably one of the most well-known migratory animals. However, they are endangered because humans have killed so many endangering entire species, and damaged their marine environment. When people throw the plastic bags into the sea, turtles mistake these for food, eat them, and die. Also, turtles are very sensitive to light. Baby turtles are attracted by artificial lights, and crawl inland. These hatchlings never find the sea and they often die in the morning sun. Such threats can continue to undermine these migratory animals.

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals emphasises the need to conserve migratory species and to protect them from endangerment.  When the Conference of Parties to the Convention (UN Global Wildlife Conference – CMSCOP12) meets in the Philippines from 23 to 28 October 2017, participants will assess progress made on these issues.  They will also reflect on the intrinsic link between international efforts to conserve the world’s wildlife and the environment, and global ambitions to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The slogan for the Conference, “Their Future is Our Future – Sustainable Development for Wildlife and People”, highlights SDGs to end poverty and hunger, improve health and education, combat climate change, and protect oceans, forests, humans, and animals.  This theme reminds us that global efforts to reach the SDGs must benefit both people and wildlife.
Last modified on Tuesday, 24 October 2017 20:28
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