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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince William, founder of United for Wildlife, was present for the signing of an agreement with Dubai airports to prevent the illegal wildlife trade, during his historic visit to the United Arab Emirates, the official WAM news agency reported on Friday.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said that by signing the Buckingham Palace Declaration, the international transit center had pledged to thwart any operation targeting the illegal wildlife trade, which is a problem that ranks among the top five global crimes for profit. .
He said the Duke of Cambridge has always been keen to launch global initiatives to preserve the natural environment and tackle the illegal wildlife trade.

Griffiths also said that Dubai’s location is a link to all parts of the world, and that the emirate is strategically positioned as a center of international trade, so strengthening cooperation between Dubai airports , DP World and Dubai Customs will provide strong impetus in tackling trafficking issues to eliminate illegal movement of wildlife across borders.
He continued: “Dubai Airports will provide the necessary support and coordinate jointly with partners and relevant authorities around the world to share data, find and develop strategic solutions and define policies that contribute to solving this international problem by because of its critical importance”.
Meanwhile, Prince William attended the first-ever Earthshot Prize Innovation Showcase at the DP World Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

Prince William was joined by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed, Chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, CEO of Emirates Group and Chairman of Dubai Airports, and Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DPWorld.
He welcomed the announcement of a £1 million ($1.355 million) investment in two Earthshot Prize finalists, designed to expand their work in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East.
“The Earthshot mission is more than just a prize. This is a global team effort to spark urgent optimism and groundbreaking innovation to transform our future. I invite you all to join the Earthshot team and support our finalists – the eco-innovators – to bring their solutions to scale,” said Prince William.
Queen Rania of Jordan, who participated via video message, said: “Every sector has a role to play, public, private, philanthropic, and the bottom line couldn’t be clearer: if we work together, everyone win.”

With the funds, finalists will begin collaborative work on reef restoration in the region, including defining the first land-based commercial coral reef restoration farm in the Middle East.
This investment will expand their innovative work by creating panels that mimic natural habitats such as rock pools and mangrove roots, which are suitable for coastal sea defenses to bring marine life back to coastal shores.
DP World’s commitment will fund the design and installation of the largest living seawall on the planet suitable to support the native marine life of the UAE and the wider region.
“Our business is connected to the oceans and protecting them is an important priority across all of our operations as part of our sustainable business commitments highlighted by our goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2040,” Bin Sulayem said.

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