Schiphol has signed a declaration against illegal wildlife trade in protected fauna and flora in Hong Kong. Over one hundred parties signed the Buckingham Palace declaration, committing to a zero tolerance policy. Schiphol is one of the world’s first airports to join the fight against this illegal wildlife trade.
As a member of the Airports Council International (ACI) Wildlife Trafficking Task Force, Schiphol works closely with various partners to fight the trade in illegal wildlife. By signing the declaration, Schiphol now joins an international alliance working to identify key stakeholders and their role in prevention/detection. The alliance will also facilitate the exchange of information on smuggling routes and smuggler profiles, the training of staff to detect smugglers and the establishment of a special hotline.
Signatories include over one hundred partners from across the transport sector, including three airports: Schiphol, Galapagos and Kenia Airport.
“Unfortunately, the aviation sector sometimes plays an unwitting role in the illegal trade in protected fauna and flora. As one of the world’s largest aviation hubs, we can and will work to prevent and fight this problem, ” said Dick Benschop, CEO of Royal Schiphol Group.