Animals are critical to human well-being, from supporting communities through ecotourism, to anchoring key ecosystem services such as pest control and pollination. Yet, the welfare of animals and the conservation of wildlife species often comes as an afterthought to human development efforts. When public policy is designed and enacted, the value of animals is often ignored completely or undervalued. Therefore, it is the responsibility of wildlife conservation organizations to demonstrate to policy makers and their constituencies that animal welfare and wildlife conservation are necessary to people and communities.
Perhaps the most widely accepted framework for community development and human well-being today is the United Nations’ 2030 agenda, more commonly known as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Agreed to by all 193 member states of the UN, the goals outline international priorities to achieve sustainable human development. As the preeminent guidance on human development, these goals inform the policies of governments, non-governmental organizations and the UN system.
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