NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s first lady Margaret Kenyatta on
Thursday called for a holistic approach that embraces
technology in fighting illegal wildlife trade in the
east African nation.
One of the
greatest challenges facing wildlife conservation is the
sophistication of the methods used by wildlife
traffickers around the world, Margaret said.
look at new ways in this new age of technology and
innovation,” she said in Nairobi during the official
opening of an awareness workshop on combating illegal
“We need a
synergistic approach, one that harnesses the
complementary capabilities of diverse sectors and
groups. We must apply better intelligence and new
methods because pressure is building and countries
continue to suffer huge losses,” she added.
lady noted that wildlife conservation is becoming an
increasingly prominent global issue, stressing that
focused leadership, political goodwill, policies and
imposition of bans have helped Kenya in registering
significant progress in combating the illegal wildlife
officials to accelerate their efforts and increase
investments in the fight against illegal trade since
wildlife heritage and invaluable resource is under
build better and stronger networks that consider all
possibilities and close out the loopholes that have
allowed the growth of illegal trade,” she said.
lady expressed confidence that innovative measures that
include the global transportation systems would help
break the illegal chains of unlawful transportation of
work in Hands off Our Elephants, I have learned that
wildlife populations of elephant, rhino, buffalo,
giraffe and zebra have been decreasing over the years
due to illegal wildlife trafficking and trade. We must
ensure that we secure our heritage for our future and
for our children’s future,” she said.
Airways vows to step up fight against illegal wildlife
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya Airways vowed on Thursday to
intensify efforts aimed at combating illegal wildlife
trade to help curb poaching in the east African nation.
Airways Group Managing Director Sebastian Mikosz said
the airline has also signed up to the Buckingham Palace
Declaration, which aims to curb trading on illegal
wildlife products at major transportation hubs.
underlines our unquestionable commitment to zero
tolerance policy against illegal wildlife trafficking
and trade,” Mikosz said during the Awareness Training on
Combating of Wildlife Trafficking forum in Nairobi.
A total of
89 airlines and organizations have signed the
declaration, including the International Air Transport
Association (IATA), African Airlines Association,
Association of South Pacific airlines, and the
International Airlines Group.
it is vital that the private sector work in
collaboration with all the government agencies and
international partners to scale up the response to
Airways is a key player in the industry and we stand for
sustainable tourism,” he said at the forum, which was
attended by conservationists and diplomats.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta lauded the initiative
signed by the national carrier, saying it would break
the supply chains.
this initiative that stands out as an innovative measure
that includes the global transportation systems to help
break these illegal chains of unlawful transportation of
endangered species,” she said.