United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

“Congratulations on the establishment of the World Wildlife Day.

Many of the world's most majestic endangered species can be found in the drylands, where their habitats are shrinking due to the pressures of development, climate change and desertification. In addition to these severe threats, the survival of dryland range animals like elephants and rhinos is also threatened by poaching.  Holistic policies that protect wildlife as an important part of dryland ecosystems are urgently needed to save endangered species from extinction.”

Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary