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Statement by Ghana Wildlife Society to Commemorate World Wildlife Day 2024

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Accra, March 3, 2024 – The World Wildlife Day, celebrated on March 3 each year, provides an opportunity to reflect on the importance of wildlife conservation and the essential role it plays in preserving our planet for current and future generations. This year, as the Ghana Wildlife Society (GWS) joins the global community in commemorating this significant day under the theme Connecting People and Planet: Exploring Digital Innovation in Wildlife Conservation,” we highlight the critical need for conserving wildlife species and the pivotal role that digital innovation can play in achieving this goal.

Our planet is home to an incredible diversity of wildlife species, each playing a unique and vital role in maintaining the delicate balance of our ecosystems. From majestic elephants and breathtaking big cats to delicate butterflies and fascinating marine life, these species contribute to the overall health and resilience of our environment. Conserving wildlife is not merely an ecological concern but also a moral obligation to safeguard the natural heritage we pass on to future generations. By protecting wildlife species, we ensure that the future generation will inherit a world teeming with diverse and thriving ecosystems, providing them with rich natural wonders to explore, learn from, and cherish. However, wildlife populations are facing unprecedented threats, including habitat loss, poaching, climate change, and illegal wildlife trade, pushing many species to the brink of extinction.

In the face of these mounting challenges, the integration of digital innovation into wildlife conservation efforts has emerged as a powerful tool to revolutionize approaches to monitoring, research, education, and public engagement. The Ghana Wildlife Society is very much aware of this and is leaving no stone unturned in its effort to support state agencies such as the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission and local communities to use digital tools to enhance wildlife conservation. The Society has among other things in collaboration with the Wildlife Division trained and equipped Community Resource Management Area Executives around the Mole National Park with mobile phones and Open Data Kit (ODK) software to monitor and collect important biodiversity data necessary for decision-making.

The Society has also supported training in the use Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) to collect real-time wildlife data as well as equipped Law Enforcement Officers of the Mole National Park. The Society continues to use drones and GIS applications to monitor the restoration of wildlife habitats, especially those with endangered species such as Talbotiella gentii in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Through storytelling and interactive online platforms, the Ghana Wildlife Society continues to raise awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation to inspire action and foster a sense of stewardship among individuals of all ages and backgrounds.

In commemoration of World Wildlife Day, the Ghana Wildlife Society is reminding all Ghanaians of the urgent need to conserve wildlife for the sake of our planet and future generations. The Society calls for all conservationists to embrace the power of digital innovation and work hand in hand to safeguard the diversity of life on Earth. By connecting people and planet, we can achieve a sustainable future where wildlife thrives, ecosystems flourish, and the beauty of nature continues to inspire and captivate us all. Let us make Nature Smile again!

The inspiration behind my posters aims to convey the message of wildlife conservation through the fusion of creativity and purpose. Drawing from the exquisite beauty of nature in my homeland, Malaysia – a country immersed in nature's magnificence. I believe in the power of art and design can raise awareness and inspire action. It's an honor for me to contribute to this meaningful cause.

Happy World Wildlife Day from the Ghana Wildlife Society!