World Wildlife Day 2022 – Recover Key Species
Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration
This years World Wildlife Day theme is recover key species. Many of us value natural places to enjoy, admire and visit. It iss an ongoing concern that natural ecosystems are in decline as environments are theatened with climate change, loss of habitat and impacts of industralisation and population growth.
Restoration of ecosystems, if combined with stopping further conversion of natural ecosystems, may help avoid 60% of expected biodiversity extinctions. Learn more here from the World Wildlife Day portal.
Some of the conservation success stories include those of the green turtle where the United Nations is seeing an upward trend in nesting among green turtles. Legal protections and long-term conservation are helping this endangered species rebound in parts of its range.
According to the IUCN Red List, over 40,000 species of wild fauna and flora are threatened with extinction. It is in our power to bring them back from the brink.
Discover species and initiatives
The UN reccommends that we get to know the species that face the most urgent threats in your area and how and you and your community can help conserve them or support ongoing initiatives to do so. They also recommend that you familiarise yourself with the efforts of conservationists and of communities who work every day. This is particularly to help build a future where our relationship to these species and ecosystems is more balanced and sustainable.
There is so much value in joining a bushcare or landcare group to help support the ongoing care of special habitats and environments in your local area. I have recently applied to be a part of a local bushcare group to help care and monitor the weeds in a local forest. Contributing this way helps me to meet other likeminded locals, be outside, feel like I am contributing and feeling happy as well.
To find a group near you check the The National Landcare Directory (NLD) to find community environmental ‘care’ groups across Australia. Groups registered include Landcare networks and groups, farmers, landholders, Traditional land managers, Bushcare, ‘Friends of; Coastcare, Dunecare, Rivercare and Junior Landcare. If this isnt suitable in your area then please contact your local council.