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Transnational criminal gangs are exploiting the increasingly interconnected air transport system to traffic illegal flora and fauna. Aviation is committed to playing its part in stopping this illegal trade in wildlife, worth at least $19 billion annually.
Although the duty for capturing and prosecuting these criminals rests with national enforcement authorities, airline staff can provide an important source of additional intelligence. International Air Transport Association (IATA) is working with the aviation industry to support the work of enforcement agencies in combating the illegal trade in wildlife.
In September 2016 TRAFFIC (the wildlife trade monitoring network, is the leading non-governmental organisation working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development) and the Freeland Foundation (a frontline counter-trafficking organisation working for a world that is free of wildlife trafficking and human slavery) with support from the IATA under the Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) Partnership, highlighted the growing commitment by the transport sector to take action on illegal wildlife trafficking.
Two concurrent trainings were conducted with airline and airport personnel to highlight the abuse of the transport sector by wildlife traffickers.
In February 2016 in coordination with the Freeland Foundation, IATA participated in a Wildlife Friendly Skies Workshop in Bangkok with 250 participants (airline, airport and customs staff). Read the full article here.
Fighting the illegal wildlife trade