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Airports Council International expressed the commitment of airports to join the effort to stop the transportation of illegal wildlife products

Montréal, 28 September 2016– Resolution 3 was approved yesterday at the 26th Meeting of the ACI World General Assembly expressing Airport Council International’s (ACI) support of the “United for Wildlife Transport Task Force” campaign. The Resolution follows ACI’s signing of the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration on 15 March 2016, committing to supporting the fight against, and the shutting down of the illegal wildlife trade.

In spite of the international and national legal frameworks, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), illegal wildlife trade is the fourth most lucrative global crime valued at up to US$20 billion a year. While the responsibility to apprehend and prosecute offenders rests with national enforcement authorities, airports and their staff can contribute to address the problem. Wildlife trafficking has been using the aviation global network to perform its illegal activities, causing serious environmental damage and similar effects as other international crimes, including promoting instability, financing organized crime and adversely affecting communities that live from wildlife tourism.

“ACI’s social responsibility goes beyond the impact of aviation on the environment,” said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World. “We are also engaged with the aviation industry against the use of its global connectivity to support the much under reported crime of wildlife trafficking. The Resolution’s approval confirms the ACI membership’s commitment to the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration signed earlier this year. ACI is dedicated to developing a practical framework towards this goal, including cooperation with international initiatives such as the Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) partnership.”

In addition to supporting the Declaration and encouraging its adoption by member airports, the Resolution expresses ACI’s intention to: Promote the adoption of a zero tolerance policy regarding illegal wildlife trade by airports; promote the awareness of airport passenger, customer, client, and staff about the nature, scale, and consequences of illegal wildlife trade; promote the enhancement of data systems at airports worldwide including due diligence and risk assessment; and, promote the training of staff within the airport sector to enable them to detect, identify and report suspected illegal wildlife trade, among other initiatives.

Notes for editors
1. Airports Council International, the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable. To learn more about ACI, click here.

2. The goals of ACI’s environmental initiatives are to promote aviation and airport sustainable developments, limiting or reducing environmental impacts while supporting economic and social benefits – the key to community permission to operate and grow at both global and local levels.  To learn more about ACI’s environment initiatives, click here.

3.To learn more about ACI member tools to combat wildlife trafficking, click here.

4. CITES is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. To learn more about CITES, click here.

5.The ROUTES Partnership aims to combat illegal wildlife trade through co-ordinating the transport sector’s response to target the very means by which organized criminals move or use others to move their contraband from source to end-use markets.To learn more about ROUTES, click here.

6. To download Resolution 3, click here

7. For a PDF of this press release, click here.

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