- Kenya Airways, announced it is partnering with UN Environment to effectively cut off one of the main transport routes used by criminals to smuggle wildlife, dead or alive, from Africa to the Middle East and East Asia
- The partnership comes in the wake of a poaching crisis across Africa that is wreaking havoc on creatures great and small, from elephants and rhinos to pangolins and African Gray Parrots
Kenya Airways has joined forces with UN Environment on World Wildlife Day to help put an end to the illicit international trade in wildlife driving myriad species to the brink of extinction. The illegal trade in wildlife is lining the pockets of criminal networks with an estimated $23 billion annually: putting the trade in the same league as the trafficking of drugs, arms and humans. Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mbuvi Ngunze, said that the partnership with UN Environment underlines the airline’s commitment to fighting illegal wildlife trade.
‘We are delighted to announce, on the occasion of World Wildlife Day, a partnership between Kenya Airways and UN Environment to help end the illegal trade in wildlife,” said head of UN Environment Erik Solheim.
“The engagement of private sector companies is critical to tackling wildlife crime. Airlines in particular connect a large global consumer base and unfortunately the illegal supply chain. They can act as a front line agent for change. We applaud Kenya Airways for this initiative and are pleased to support their commitment to help end this scourge, he added”
Kenya Airways, which flies to 51 international destinations, has a zero-tolerance policy for illegal wildlife trade and works closely with governments and aid agencies, especially at its hub in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, to help ensure illegal wildlife products are not being transported on its aircrafts. The company now wants to scale up its efforts by working with UN Environment to provide regular messaging about wildlife crime prevention across its customer touch points, including in-flight entertainment and announcements, and staff trainings.
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