NAIROBI, March 19 (NNN-KNA) — Kenya Airways was a founding member of the task force and was one of the signatories to the Declaration of the United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transportation of Illegal Wildlife Products signed at Buckingham Palace, London, this week.
The national flag carrier’s Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mbuvi Ngunze, who signed the declaration on behalf of the airline, joined 40 other leaders in the transport and conservation sectors to sign the initiative led by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.
The initiative aims to support efforts to prevent the growing trade in illegal wildlife and products around the world, with the taskforce for transportation playing a major role in ensuring such illegal products, including ivory, do not move through their organizations.
“Kenya Airways has a zero tolerance policy regarding illegal wildlife trade and by being a signatory of this declaration we are reinforcing our stand. We work closely with other government agencies, especially at JKIA, to ensure illegal products are not being transported on our aircrafts,” Ngunze said in a statement issued here Friday.
He noted that the threat facing wildlife, especially in Africa, where poaching has been on the increase, was serious and it was therefore important that everyone became more involved in stopping the vice.
The partnership comes in the wake of a surge in wildlife poaching across Africa, with elephants and rhino among the worst hit.
Meanwhile, Kenya preparing to burn the largest ivory stockpile, of 120 tonnes, next month.
The declaration by global transport players is ambitious with 11 commitments which require signatories to commit to supporting global efforts to prevent illegal wildlife smuggling, through putting in place real measures where the transport industry specifically can help shut down routes exploited by traffickers.
Other signatories from Africa include South African Airlines and the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), of which Ngunze is the current chairman