The Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park joins the Global Coalition #UnitedforBiodiversity
On World Wildlife Day 2020, EU Commissioner for Environment Virginijus Sinkevicius launched a new global coalition inviting all world zoos, aquariums, national parks, botanic gardens, research centres, science and natural history museums around the world to unite forces and intensify their communication actions about biodiversity. With this campaign, the European Commission is calling for stronger mobilisation in raising awareness about the nature crisis, ahead of the crucial CoP 15 meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2021.
Today the AWCP is proud to announce it officially joins the European Commission Global Coalition for Biodiversity, adding its voice to more than 150 institutions such as the Sao Paulo Zoo, the IRBio research institute of the University of Barcelona and the Vienna Natural History Museum. The Coalition is also supported by 18 organisations and associations including the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), the British & Irish Association of Zoos & Aquaria (BIAZA), the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA), the European network of science centres and museums (Ecsite), Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) and the consortium of European taxonomic facilities (CETAF) representing more than 80% of the world’s described species.
Nature urgently needs allies
Climate change, ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss, if not urgently addressed, will reverse and undermine any nature, global public health and sustainable development gains made during the past 50 years. We need to act now, as Science warns us 1 million species are at risk of extinction.
Particularly in light of COVID-19, healthy wildlife and ecosystems underpin global human economy and future. Human and planet health is an important way in which AWCP engages with the public in conversations around nature conservation, for example via its campaigns warning about the impact of what we eat.
AWCP actions for biodiversity
Founded in 1994, the AWCP was originally created to house animals confiscated from illegal traders. From 2013, the AWCP was transformed to a modern small zoo and its Charity, Friends of the Alameda Wildlife Park (FOAWP) was formed. The AWCP has always raised awareness of biodiversity conservation through its conservation education programmes, as well as warning of the consequences of the illegal trade in animals and the abuse of habitats across the world for human gains, actively engaging the community in its campaigns.
In a post-COVID world, Zoos & Aquariums have even a stronger role in helping to reconnect people to nature, in the right way, and in a way that is healthy and fruitful for all.
This year FOAWP changed its name to WildACT (Wild Animal Conservation Trust) recognising the need for us to direct our efforts towards action to revive wild places and save wild species. It is, now, more than ever, imperative that we act to restore and preserve ecosystems across the globe, saving species and reconnect communities to nature. This is the only way in which we can begin to mitigate biodiversity, climate change, and health crises through nature-based solutions.
We are stronger together
All of us, governments, brands, NGO’s, artists and media must work together to start restoring nature and stop ‘just talking’. Science has calculated that by regenerating ecosystems, our planet we can mitigate global warming by 37%, and in doing so positively impact food availability, water resources, biodiversity and livelihoods.
The CoP15 meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity will now to be held in 2021 in China. During CoP 15, the 196 Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity are expected to adopt a new and effective global framework to protect and restore nature.
By signing the Coalition pledge, we urge all governments to agree on ambitious policies to restore and protect the ecosystems on which we depend. We call upon all business leaders to acknowledge their dependence and impact on nature and to commit to sustainability. And we appeal to all our visitors to raise their voice for nature. We belong to nature, we need nature, and nature now needs us like never before.
We are stronger together: we call on all our partners in Europe and beyond to join the movement.
Together we are United for Biodiversity.
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