World Environmental Day

Statement by Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

World Environment Day 2021

This World Environment Day focuses on the extremely important topic of “Ecosystem Restoration”, and will mark the formal launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021 – 2030.

Restoring degraded or destroyed ecosystems, as well as conserving those still intact, is of great importance for migratory species, which run, fly and swim across the globe. Restoration is key for ensuring that migratory species have the habitat they need to survive and thrive.

Yet, to be effective, restoration needs to go beyond unconnected sites and isolated protected areas, and address ecological connectivity

Ecological connectivity - the unimpeded movement of species and the flow of natural processes that sustain life on Earth -   is essential for migratory species, which depend on a network of suitable habitats for breeding, resting and feeding.  It is a powerful concept to ensure that wild species of animals and the habitats they need can co-exist with social and economic development and human well-being. 

It is also clear that migratory species and ecological connectivity play an important role in ensuring the ecological function of ecosystems.  The richer an ecosystem is in terms of its biodiversity and ecological connectivity, the healthier it is, and the greater its benefits will be for people and wildlife alike.

The rational for this UN decade of global action for ecosystems is clear: Ecosystems support all life on earth and the healthier they are, the healthier both people and planet will be.

On this World Environment Day, let’s celebrate nature and commit to restoring habitat for migratory species.

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