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EPAA marks World Wildlife Day


World Wildlife Day boosts awareness about the importance of protecting and preserving wildlife.

SHARJAH: The Environment and Protected Areas Authority’s (EPAA) Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre organised a festive programme on the occasion of World Wildlife Day.

Held at the Centre’s headquarters in Kalba city in the Eastern Region, the programme was aimed at the local community with the support of the Cat and Dog Shelter, Sharjah Customs, the University of Sharjah, Umm Al Shuhada Primary School, Sharjah Sport Council and Al Sharqiya channel from Kalba.

In addition to being an opportunity to celebrate the rich diversity and beauty of fauna and flora, World Wildlife Day boosts awareness about the importance of protecting and preserving that diversity and discouraging actions that harm wildlife.

Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, EPAA Chairperson, said, “World Wildlife Day, which takes place on March 3rd each year, is an opportunity to introduce people to the biodiversity of flora and fauna and to raise awareness about the need to protect the ecosystem from threats.”

Al Suwaidi added, “The objective was to boost awareness about the advantages and importance of environmental conservation and biodiversity while highlighting the EPAA’s efforts to conserve wildlife and to increase awareness about the importance of mountainous environments and prevent degradation and extinction. We launch initiatives that serve the environment and society, help to highlight the importance of education and awareness about wildlife, and boost visitors’ awareness of the best ways to protect nature.”

The programme involved a variety of activities, including a lecture about CITES and a performance about the importance of protecting wildlife in cooperation with Umm Al Shuhada School.

At their stands, the participating organisations presented information about their roles in the conservation of wildlife.

There was a workshop that involved making masks that resemble endangered animals from recycled materials, and a model of Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre.

Dala Al Yemahi Director of Kalba branch added, “World Wildlife Day is a reminder of the urgent need to combat crimes against wildlife and to reduce humanity’s toll on other species. In its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to proclaim March 3rd as World Wildlife Day in order to raise awareness about the importance of wild animals and plants.