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 again to organize an international film showcase to highlight wildlife as a part of the world’s biological diversity. All entries and the winning films will help raise global awareness of how conservation efforts and sustainable use of wild animals, wild plants and their ecosystems can help reduce the risk of unprecedented extinctions from overexploitation.
The Film Showcase will serve to further illustrate the theme of the 2020 UN World Wildlife Day: Sustaining all Life on Earth. This encompasses all wild animal and plant species as a component of biodiversity, as well as the livelihoods of people, especially those who live closest to nature. It also underlines the importance of sustainable use of natural resources in support of the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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.
CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero said: "World Wildlife Day 2020 and the film showcase will embrace the 'biodiversity super year'. This gives us a unique opportunity to celebrate wildlife as a component of biodiversity in its many beautiful and varied forms, raise awareness of the multitude of benefits of wildlife to people, the threats they are facing, and the conservation success stories through motion pictures and story-telling. We urgently need to bend the curve of species and biodiversity loss before we reach the tipping points from which we may not recover, with dramatic consequences for all life on the planet."
"Rich biodiversity is essential to the health of our planet. The various threats facing wildlife escalate every day. As growing numbers of species edge toward extinction we must act quickly and decisively," agreed Lisa Samford, Executive Director of Jackson Wild. "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."
For more details on the Showcase, and if you are interested in hosting a screening, please visit the Jackson Wild page.