The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Jackson Wild have teamed up once more to organize an international Film Showcase to highlight stories that can showcase the role of forests, forest-dwelling species of wild fauna and flora and the ecosystem services they provide for the millions of people rely on them to meet their basic needs around the world.
All entries and the winning films will help raise global awareness of the essential role of forests and forest species as pillars of humanity’s social and economic well-being, as well as key elements of the planet’s environmental health and biological diversity.
The Film Showcase will serve to further illustrate the theme of the 2021 UN World Wildlife Day: Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet.
Winners will be announced at UN Headquarters in New York at a high-level event on Tuesday, March 3, as part of the World Wildlife Day celebrations. Their films, along with those of outstanding finalists, will also be shown around the world throughout 2020 - which has been dubbed the “biodiversity super year” - at various high-level events that will bring the issue of biodiversity to the forefront of the sustainable development agenda.
This year’s theme seeks to shed light on the links between the state of our planet’s forests and the preservation of the millions of livelihoods that depend directly on them, with a particular attention to the traditional knowledge of the communities who have managed forest ecosystems and its wildlife for centuries. It also underlines the importance of sustainable use of natural resources in support of the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero said: "The World Wildlife Day 2021 Film Showcase offers a powerful platform to discuss the experiences of communities whose livelihoods are built on their historic relationship with forests and its wildlife. It is also an opportunity to discuss the immense value of the ecosystem services forests provide to people everywhere and to the global economy. As we seek to respond to multiple planetary crises, from climate change to biodiversity loss and the effects of a global pandemic, the film showcase will highlight the experiences of groups and communities who have established a safe and sustainable relationship with some of the planet’s most important natural systems."
"We believe in the power of story to inspire awe at the wonders of our natural world and ignite the critical changes that will be required to restore and protect it," agreed Lisa Samford, Executive Director of Jackson Wild. "Covering over a third of the Earth’s surface, forests are a home to 80% of all terrestrial animals, plants and insects and sustain the livelihoods of millions of people, providing ecosystems services and resources that are essential to the global economy."
Finalists will be announced in the weeks before World Wildlife Day, on 3 March 2021. Winners will be unveiled during the virtual World Wildlife Day Event, on March 3. Their films, along with those of outstanding finalists, will also be shown around the world throughout 2021.
For more details on the Showcase, and if you are interested in hosting a screening, please visit the Jackson Wild page.