In Australia, we’ve been contributing to the conservation of the unique biodiversity at Wolgan Valley, located in the World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains region since we opened the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in 2009. One of Australia’s first luxury conservation-based resorts, it occupies just 1% of a 2,800-hectare nature reserve. Emirates has invested over AU$ 125 million into this project and has since planted over 175,000 native trees and shrubs across the site.
In line with Emirates’ commitment to fight illegal wildlife trafficking, we are working towards achieving the IEnvA Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) module certification in 2023. The certification is endorsed by United for Wildlife.
Emirates actively contributes towards the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce and is part of the Steering Committee of the United for Wildlife MENA Chapter, which was launched in early 2022. Our ground-handling colleagues at dnata are trained in IATA’s Live Animal Regulations and Emirates’ internal policies on carrying wildlife. Our frontline employees are trained to recognise and report suspicious cargo. We have established a dedicated reporting channel to empower our people and partners to stop illegal trade by flagging confidential information that can protect endangered species.