Animals at risk: Princess Laurentien supports UNODC and NHM to raise awareness of wildlife crime

Vienna The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today presented a children’s book at the Natural History Museum in Vienna (NHM Vienna) that raises awareness of wildlife crime and other crimes affecting the environment.

Vita, a young girl who crashes on an island, and Scooter, a fictional UNODC character from the planet Zorb and her special ability is teamwork, follow in a new children’s book titled Animals in Danger: Vita and Scooter on a Mission Animals in Peril: Vita and Scooter on a Mission answers calls for help from endangered animals around the world.

The book covers issues such as wildlife crime, climate change, and plastic pollution, and its characters tell the story of how we can work together to prevent and combat crime that affects the environment. animals in danger It also includes a series of exercises and guiding questions to help children approach problems with ethics and integrity.

animals in danger It was co-authored by HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands and Lotte Stegmann, also a Dutch citizen. Both women are children’s book authors, and HRH Princess Laurentín was responsible for ‘Mr. Finney’s well-known book series. Through her roles as Special Representative on Literacy and Development for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and President of Conservation International Fauna and Flora International, she Princess Laurentien has actively campaigned against illiteracy and for sustainability and nature conservation.Lote Stegeman has worked for years, including with Princess Laurentien, on various wildlife conservation and awareness raising projects.

Today, the book was officially presented at the United Nations in Vienna. Then Princess Laurentin and Mrs. Stegmann read portions of the book at an event at the Natural History Museum in Vienna, and Vienna International School children aged 8 to 11 had the opportunity to fingerprint the confiscated wildlife products in a workshop on deck 50 of NHM Vienna To test, identify wildlife products that come from animals, and share ideas about what they can do to prevent wildlife crime. The workshop was led by scholars from the Museum – Dr. Silk-Schweiger, Professor Dr. Frank Zakus and Team Deck 50 – Designed with the help of the UNODC team.

“We are delighted that UNODC and the National Office of Migration recognize and support children’s potential to initiate change. Children’s love for wildlife often comes naturally. Through this book, we want to help children sharpen their moral compass and encourage (intergenerational) dialogue about action to address The pressing issue of wildlife crime,” said Princess Laurentin and Lotte Stegmann.

“It gives me great pleasure to be able to present this new book on wildlife crime and species protection today at the Museum of Natural History in Vienna. As a scientific institution, this topic is very important to us. Our researchers do valuable work in this field and collaborate closely with various organizations. In addition to science, communication with the public, especially young people, is important.” Andreas Kroh, Deputy Scientific Director of NHM Vienna.

NHM Vienna has been active in the fields of wildlife monitoring, molecular systematics, wildlife forensics, breed geography, and biodiversity research for years. With more than 30 million objects, the museum also contains internationally relevant zoological and botanical collections from which to create reference databases to combat wildlife crime. As one of the largest non-university research institutions in Austria, NHM Vienna plays a leading role in wildlife crime prevention and works actively with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), among others. Wildlife crime is dealt with in detail in the galleries of NHM Vienna, for example in the form of a display case for the protection of species in room 27 or wonderful photographs in the display case of a rhinoceros (room 35). In addition, NHM Vienna provides a platform for knowledge transfer and public relations through lectures, radio interviews and films on the topic of wildlife crime and awareness of the population on the subject. There will also be 50 workshops for children and all age groups on the deck in the future.

the book animals in danger The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a joint initiative of experts working on crime that affects the environment and climate, anti-corruption education and youth empowerment. The book addresses the core elements of the mandate of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, such as combating organized crime and corruption. Zorbs are characters from the planet Zorb created by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime with special abilities intended to introduce children to the actions they can take to help protect our global commons.

animals in danger Now available online in English, French, Dutch, Mongolian, Portuguese and Spanish. Arabic will be added soon.

additional information

Animals in Danger: Vita and Scooter on a Mission

UNODC crimes affecting the environment and climate

The GRACE Initiative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

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