The United Nations (UN) proclaimed March 3rd as World Wildlife Day. The date coincides with the day on which, in 1973, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was signed. Therefore, this date aims to raise awareness about the world’s wild animals and plants, celebrating the beauty, richness, diversity and contribution of wild animals and plants to our world and our lives.
Across the world, people depend on wildlife and biodiversity-based resources to meet their needs, from food to fuel, medicine, housing and clothing. Millions of people depend on nature for their livelihoods and economic opportunities. But more than for our needs, nature has also proven to be essential for our mental health.
It is important to highlight in this context that biological pools provide new habitats for the flora and fauna of wetlands, habitats that are increasingly threatened. Even though biological pools are artificial installations, because they were designed and built, they offer, as nature-based solutions, all the naturalness necessary to attract biodiversity, whether as a visitor or inhabitant, and allow it to settle and remain there. Thus, biological pools provide conditions for species of aquatic plants, considered threatened or vulnerable in nature, dragonflies, and serve as a breeding site for amphibians, frogs, toads and newts, all species of which are protected in Portugal. And if you’re lucky, a turtle eventually appears and wants to choose the bathing lake as its new home.
Biodiversity and wildlife are not missed in biological pools. That’s why we’re celebrating Wildlife Day!