Kenya Airways one of the best and most respected airline companies in Africa, teamed up with the international Air Transport Association and the Kenya Wildlife Service to give airlines and airport staff skills and knowledge on detecting the illegal trade in wildlife and their products. The training commenced in September 2015 when IATA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CITES (Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild.
Since the airline prides in Africa, The training workshop main focus was to equip wildlife friendly skills to its crew and staff on illegal wildlife trade actions in the region. The initiative comes at a time when poaching and illegal trade of trophy has persisted on the global arena but more so in Kenya where the population of elephants and rhinos is threatened. “It’s our responsibility to fight against the illegal wildlife trafficking actions across the regions and also all over the Africa continent”, said Mr. Mbuvi Ngunze the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kenya Airways.
He also added that “As KQ we are against movement of trophies of elephants and rhinos among other endangered species on our planes as part of our efforts to prevent the illegal trade and poaching of our wildlife. We note that as a result of globalization and the ease of long distance travel, wildlife traffickers are exploiting commercial airlines to smuggle illicit wildlife products.” He said during the opening of the workshop at KQ Pride Centre.
Above all the Kenya airline alarms to all its passengers in a ‘Change for Change’ programme in all its planes where passengers can donate their change which is collected and donated to conservation initiatives- indeed a committed role for the airline. The banned wildlife trade is estimated to generate US$19 billion a year globally, ranking fourth on the list of the most lucrative illegal activities, behind drugs, counterfeiting and human trafficking.
Still the Kenya Airways CEO argues the airline staff to play an important role in stopping the illegal wildlife action of the endangered wildlife. This will boost the number of wildlife in Kenya- and many tourists will storm the country to view wildlife on Kenya safaris as it has always been for decades to view wildlife in Kenya’s best parks every year in July-October during the wildebeest migration in Masai Mara game reserve.
Support the action and we conserve the wildlife for the future as we enjoy moments of witnessing massive wildlife, birds, lakes, and primates in Africa not only in Kenya but also in Uganda, DR Congo, Tanzania, Rwanda and other African Countries served by Kenya Airways in general. The workshop training session are intended to be scaled up to other countries across the region in collaboration with different stake holders.