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Qatar Airways wildlifeSEOUL: June 03, 2019. Qatar Airways has achieved the IATA Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) Assessment standard for the prevention of wildlife trafficking in aviation.

The standard was developed by IATA as part of IEnvA - IATA’s environmental management and evaluation system for airlines - with support from the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and USAID’s Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES).

Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker commented: “We are proud and honoured to be the first airline recognised by our industry for delivering on the commitments we made at Buckingham Palace in March 2016. We remain dedicated to this cause, and will continue to work with our stakeholders to raise awareness and improve detection of illegal activity.”

Presenting the Assessment certification to Al Baker during the IATA annual general meeting in Seoul, IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac (right of picture) said: “The trade in illegal wildlife could rob future generations of some of our most precious and iconic species. Sadly, traffickers take advantage of the air transport networks we have built, and we all share a responsibility to play our part in eradicating this appalling trade.”

The IWT Assessment confirms that an airline has procedures, staff training and the reporting protocols that make the smuggling of illegal wildlife harder. For Qatar Airways they include working with the USAID’s ROUTES Partnership; working with government stakeholders responsible for security and Customs at Hamad International Airport and selected destinations; and raising passenger awareness via multimedia digital channels.

Illegal trade in wildlife is worth an estimated US$23 billion per year.

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