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Thailand ; asia ; china ; trafficing ; illegal wildlife trade ; wildllife trade ; airport ; bangkok ; Suvarnabhumi airport ; Asean-WEN ; endengered species ; conservation
Hundreds of Suvarnabhumi airport staff will undergo intensive training in an effort to halt illegal wildlife trafficking under the "Wildlife Trafficking Stops Here" campaign.
Jointly organised by the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry and Airports of Thailand (AoT), the campaign is aimed at stopping the growing problem of wildlife trafficking through the airport.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Suwit Khunkitti said long term public awareness of nature crimes was needed among passengers who are being urged not to buy protected species.
Part of the campaign will involve projecting anti-trafficking messages on TV monitors and posting placards throughout the airport, particularly at immigration gates and check-in booths in the departure hall. A two-day wildlife trade regulation course will be organised for hundreds of airport staff.
Suvarnabhumi airport is one of Asia's busiest transport hubs, serving more than 30 million passengers a year. It was also ...