15.11.2016 – FFW launches wildlife trafficking awareness campaign at Marrakesh airport on the fringes of COP22

Montreux, 15 November 2016 -- On the fringes of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Franz Weber Foundation is running an awareness raising campaign on the illicit trade in wild fauna and flora species threatened with extinction.

The foundation is collaborating with several Moroccan institutions including the High Commission for Waters and Forests and the Fight against Desertification (HCEFLCD), the Customs and Indirect Tax Authority (ADII), the National Office for Airport Development, and the Association for the Integrated Management of Resources (AGIR).

The campaign was launched on 7 November at Marrakesh Menara Airport by the High Commissioner for Water and Forests, in the presence of the Director-General of Customs and Indirect Taxes in Morocco and the airport authorities concerned.

A partnership agreement was signed between the Moroccan authorities for Customs and for Water and Forests, who are responsible for Moroccan legislation protecting endangered species and for Morocco’s participation in CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.  The illicit trade in fauna and flora species involves some 30,000 plant and 5,000 wild animal species threatened with extinction.

One month after the closing of the 17th Conference of the Parties of CITES in Johannesburg, South Africa, where Fondation Franz Weber delegates actively participated, it is continuing work toward its international commitment to protect species amongst government authorities, the general public and, in particular, the nearly 26,000 official delegates to COP22 and thousands more attending events on the sidelines of the meetings.  The awareness campaign at Marrakesh Menara Airport continues until 18 November.