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Published 5th June 2021

New spotlight video series: meet the aviation companies striving to protect wildlife from trafficking

Washington, D.C. 5th June - Today is World Environment Day, an ideal opportunity to celebrate some of the ROUTES partners that are championing the cause to keep illegal wildlife trade out of air transport with the launch of the ROUTES Partner Spotlight video series.


Celebrated annually on 5th June, the United Nations World Environment Day is the most renowned day for environmental action. To mark the occasion, the USAID Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) Partnership is proud to launch the first episode in a new video series that will spotlight some of ROUTES’ aviation partners that have stepped up to address wildlife trafficking.

In the video, representatives from Etihad Airways, Kenya Airports Authority, Kenya Airways, Malaysia Airlines and Royal Schiphol Group take to the screen to share why this work matters to them. They also talk through some of the actions they have taken such as developing a wildlife conservation policy, mapping flight path risk and offering awareness training to staff.

Each week over the month of June, ROUTES will release a new video spotlighting a different airport or airline that has taken its place in the effort to disrupt wildlife trafficking. While the series highlights the gravity of the illegal wildlife trade, it is also full of promise. Airports and airlines are a vital part of the solution to the global issue of wildlife trafficking.

We’re really grateful for those companies that have come together under the ROUTES Partnership, together we can make that lasting difference for wildlife for years to come."

Crawford Allan, Senior Director for America and Wildlife Crime at TRAFFIC.

To keep up with the ROUTES Spotlight Series, follow ROUTES on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. ROUTES encourages any aviation companies that are seeking to join the effort to get in touch: https://routespartnership.org/contact.


About the ROUTES Partnership

The USAID Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) Partnership brings together transport and logistics companies, government agencies, development groups, law enforcement, conservation organisations and donors to disrupt wildlife trafficking activities, and forms a key element of the concerted international response to addressing wildlife poaching and associated criminal activities worldwide. Further information and resources can be found at www.routespartnership.org

About USAID

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is responsible for the majority of overseas development assistance from the United States Government and works to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing security and prosperity for America and the world.