Wildlife conservation organisation WildTeam on Friday celebrated the World Environment Day with a call to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the protection of wildlife and the environment.
Since establishment, WildTeam has been working to protect endangered species and their ecosystems in Bangladesh, including the Hoolock Gibbon of northeastern region, the elephants of north, central and the southeast, the bears of northeast, southeast, north and central regions; and the birds of northeastern haors and coastal areas.
WildTeam along with the world celebrated the day with the theme: 'Time for Nature,' with a focus on its role in providing the essential infrastructure that supports life on Earth and human development.
Different organisations also observed the day with elaborate programmes in new manner this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The World Environment Day is the United Nations' principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment.
First celebrated in 1973, it has now become a widely recognised day celebrated in more than 100 countries around the globe.
The day is celebrated every year on June 5 throughout the world with different themes to create awareness about the importance of protecting planet Earth and Mother Nature.
WildTeam, formerly Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh (WTB), was established in 2003 by a small group of dedicated conservationists, with the aim of protecting the rapidly disappearing natural assets of Bangladesh.
In 2012, the organisation's name was changed to WildTeam, giving a fresh new look that represents its identity and objectives in a better way.
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WildTeam has also been involved in identifying and learning from community-based conservation in the northeast, north, central and southeast part of Bangladesh.
In recognition of conservation efforts in Bangladesh, WildTeam was honoured to be awarded the prestigious ‘Bangabandhu Award for Wildlife Conservation’ in 2011.