Five Etihad Airways equity partner airlines recently signed up to the Buckingham Palace Declaration, committing to major steps to fight illegal wildlife trafficking and efforts to help protect many of the world’s iconic wildlife species.
The Declaration of the United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transportation of Illegal Wildlife Products was signed at the IATA annual general meeting in Dublin.
Alitalia, airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles and Virgin Australia signed the Declaration following the lead of Etihad Airways which became a signatory in March this year.
United for Wildlife is an alliance of conservation organisations and The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The initiative aims to address current conservation issues with an initial focus on supporting efforts to prevent growing trade in illegal wildlife and products around the world. Jet Airways signed the Declaration in April to coincide with the visit to India by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The Declaration includes eleven commitments developed to support global efforts to prevent illegal wildlife smuggling, which encourage the transport industry to specifically help shut down the routes exploited by wildlife traffickers.