As synchronicity would have it Adam and I had the good fortune to be at the United Nations for the launch of World Wildlife Day on 3 March 2014. Listening to the different speakers, it seems like the crisis in wildlife trade is the nexus for people realising the inter-connectivity between conservation, development, political stability and human well-being. Building on our perception that the meetings in London two weeks ago were not just indulgent, there seems to be real commitment to turn words into action. Hearing such commitment from organisations as disparate as CITES, UNEP, WCS, the EU Environmental Commission, representatives from Germany, Thailand, Palau, Kenya and Ghana, and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime was very welcome. It is also interesting to note that in addition to the expected language around ecosystems services and the dollar value of nature, many of the speakers acknowledged the intrinsic, spiritual and cultural value of nature.
The session closed acknowledging that humans "are not the only species inhabiting the planet" and that "we are the reckless threat to the survival of wildlife."