Air Cargo News report that campaigns to stop wildlife trafficking from Africa have seen two training workshops held in Mozambique and Kenya. More workshops are planned in Uganda, Malawi, Ethiopia and Malaysia.
ROUTES (that’s the USAID Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species) delivered a workshops for airliner staff on the role they play in preventing wildlife trafficking.
A ROUTES report analysing wildlife trafficking in the air transport sector says that Kenya is a significant transit point for poachers and traffickers who supply wildlife products to Asia.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is the busiest airport in East and Central Africa and so is a target for wildlife trafficking, especially ivory. Kenyan authorities often seize illegal products at the airport.
Empowering staff to identify and report suspicious activities linked to wildlife trafficking is essential to stop the trade.
There was also a training workshop in Mapoto for staff such as cabin crew, ground handlers, cargo processors and other staff. They found out how to detect and stop smugglers carrying wildlife products out of Mozambique, a hotspot for ivory and rhino horn going to Asia.
It’s thought that as airline staff spend more time with passengers and their baggage, and cargo shipments, than customs officers, they can be a key source of intelligence in the battle to stop the wildlife trafficking trade.
Good luck ROUTES with your on-going workshops!