World Wildlife Day 2021
March 3rd in 1973 is the day when the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was signed and now celebrates and raises awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.
This year, World Wildlife Day was celebrated under the theme “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet”, as a way to highlight the central role of forests, forest species and ecosystems services in sustaining the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people globally, and particularly of Indigenous and local communities with historic ties to forested and forest-adjacent areas.
And our teams got active! Our team in Lombok went on a forest hike, hunting for durian. They spent a whole day in the jungle, enjoying the hike and observing wild animals and discovering new plants. And at the end of the day, everyone enjoyed a delicious feast of durian fruits…
Su Mon from our team in Myanmar spent the whole day in her garden with her daughter, planting new vegetables and herbs.
And our team in Laos went vegetarian for the day! Meat consumption worldwide has a massive impact on our climate and Somphet has spent the last year growing more vegetables, herbs and fruit in his garden, slowly making changes to his and his family’s diet. And the pictures are proof: vegetarian dishes are just as tasty…
Our Team in Sri Lanka went on an adventure and totally off the beaten track… They hiked through the stunning inner villages of Matale, completely unknown to tourists. And without any backup or transport vehicle! No question, they got rewarded with incredible views!
World Wildlife Day coincidently fell on the same day Bart, our GM in Indonesia travelled from Bali to Lombok to meet our team on the island of the 1000 mosques. Considering the impact of flying, Bart made the conscious decision to travel by motorbike and ferry. Every flight we save, reduces our impact on our climate, forests and wildlife. Reducing staff flights is also part of our Climate Emergency Plan.
At Khiri Travel, we take the responsibility we have towards the destinations we operate in very seriously, not just on World Wildlife Day, but on every day. Our purpose is to make tourism a force for good, we want to reduce our negative impacts on people and planet as much as possible. You can read more about our conservation efforts and animal welfare protection in our Wildlife Policy.
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