Abu Dhabi: In an effort to educate travellers about ivory trafficking, Abu Dhabi Customs and the International Fund For Animal Welfare (IFAW) will conduct an awareness campaign titled the ‘Illegal Trading of Ivory’ at the Abu Dhabi International Airport from August 2 to August 13.
Announcing the campaign on Wednesday, the Ministry of Environment and Water said the drive will inform travellers about the law regarding trade in ivory.
The UAE seized more than 474 pieces of ivory between 2012 and 2013. In April this year, the ministry destroyed more than 10 tonnes of raw and wrought ivory confiscated over the years as part of the UAE’s efforts to combat illicit trade in endangered wildlife species.
The latest campaign is being held in response to the increasing seizures and confiscation of products, including animals, plants, ivory, leather, wood and sandalwood, among others. It will help the UAE to achieve its goals of providing vital security and protection from diseases and pests while fulfilling its commitment to international conventions.
Samples of ivory that were confiscated previously will also be displayed as part of the drive. Educational leaflets prepared by the ministry in cooperation with the IFAW will be distributed to travellers.
In February 2014, the UAE, joined 45 other countries in signing the London Declaration to eliminate illegal trade of wildlife. The resolution focuses on obligations and measures required to put an end to the illegal trade of wild animals, including rhinoceros, tigers and elephants. The value of these illicit activities exceed $19 billion annually.
The London Declaration seeks to end demand for wildlife products, strengthen law enforcement and develop sustainable livelihoods for affected communities.