Dubai Customs, IFAW join forces to protect wildlife
A MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) was signed this week between Dubai Customs and IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) to work together in combating the smuggling of endangered fauna and flora.
The signing of this agreement came as part of Dubai Customs’ awareness campaign about endangered species. An exhibition was held by Dubai Customs over one week in Mirdif City Centre displaying samples and models of some endangered species.
“The agreement aims at enhancing the efforts to protect endangered fauna and flora, supporting legitimate trade worldwide, strengthening cooperation and mutual relations between Dubai Customs and IFAW and proceeding with developing and diversifying specialised training programmes at Customs Training Centre in such a way that will continue to develop human resources competency and improving wild and tame animals’ life through minimising commercial utilisation of such animals,” said Tawakul, executive director of Community Affairs and Government Partnership Division.
The agreement provides for the coordination between the two sides over preparing and implementing a training programme for Dubai Customs’ inspectors on combating illegitimate international trading in wild life as well as selecting efficient trainers by IFAW to conduct such training and provide information on safeguarding wildlife.
“Dubai Customs always directs its staff and enhances their abilities towards conserving nature and wildlife and protecting endangered species from illegal trading,” said Tawakul.