We’re helping to protect endangered animals and clamp down on the illegal wildlife trade, as part of a task force set up by leading international conservation organisations.
Illegal trade is one of the biggest threats to the survival of some of the world’s most iconic species. In particular, elephant ivory, rhino horn, big cats and other wildlife products are smuggled from Africa to consumers in Asia. The trade, run by sophisticated criminal networks, is worth billions of dollars a year.
As a major port operator, we know there’s a danger that criminals will attempt to ship illegal wildlife products via our terminals. We’re determined to prevent this – and to collaborate with others to stamp out wildlife trafficking.
The transport industry – specifically airlines, shipping lines and port operators – can contribute in breaking the chain between suppliers and consumers of illegal wildlife products.
We’re part of an industry taskforce launched by United for Wildlife, a collaboration between seven international conservation organisations established by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in the UK.
The Taskforce aims to encourage greater cooperation between official bodies, organisations and the transport sector to combat this tragedy.
On 15 March 2016 we signed up to a series of far-reaching commitments at Buckingham Palace with fellow United for Wildlife Taskforce members. The commitments cover a range of initiatives including awareness, information sharing, detection and practical measures to stop the transportation of illegal wildlife products and promoting a common determination to tackle the illegal wildlife trade.
The signing of these commitments followed a visit of HRH The Duke of Cambridge to DP World’s London Gateway Port on 14 March 2016 to see first-hand some of the processes and issues that are faced on a daily basis by HM Revenue & Customs. Last year, we also hosted a meeting of the United for Wildlife Taskforce at our flagship Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, which included a presentation on our work with Dubai Customs to tackle the illegal wildlife trade. Between 2012 to 2014, seizures of illegal wildlife products in Dubai increased by 36%.
“Stemming the flow of illegal trade in endangered species is a major issue and as a global ports operator we have an important role to play.”
HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World