As part of activities to mark this year’s World Wildlife Day (WWD) which falls on Thursday, March 3, the Takoradi Regional Office of the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission (FC) is holding a photo and wildlife exhibition in Takoradi and eco-tour to commemorate the Day.
The photo and wildlife exhibition to celebrate the Day will be held at the Takoradi Technical University (TTU) Park with a symposium to be held at the TTU Auditorium on Thursday, March 3 to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that wildlife conservation provides to mankind and educate the public on wildlife crimes and their impact on socio-economic development
Other activities to commemorate the Day include the launching of eco-tourism attractions, wild animals viewing, conservation education, eco-tourism exhibition and eco-tour at the Ankasa Conservation Area.
The Day which was proclaimed by the United Nations will be celebrated worldwide under the theme, “Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration” and aims at creating awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants and their role in sustaining life on earth.
Madam Tracy Lydia Boadi, Tourism Officer at the Takoradi Regional Office of the Wildlife Division in an interview pointed out that this year’s celebration comes as an opportunity to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that wildlife conservation provides to mankind.
She said as a regulator of the sector, it seeks to work effectively with others to ensure the sustainable management and development of Ghana’s wildlife and their habitats so as to optimize their contribution to national socio-economic development.
She added that it will also position the Division to educate the general public on wildlife crimes and their impact on socio-economic development among many others.
World Wildlife Day celebrates the beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and raises awareness of the multitude of benefits that their conservation provides to people.
At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime and human-induced reduction of species, which have wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.