(From right) Pradeepa Kakulawala presents first pin to Siva Ramachandran (centre) assisted by Environmental Compliance and Planning Manager of SriLankan Dhanushka De Silva

SriLankan Airlines, recently, launched a number of significant initiatives at the Bandaranaike International Airport, aimed at enhancing its wide ranging efforts at environmental conservation on the theme of “Going Wild for Life”.

Just weeks ago, SriLankan Airlines joined United for Wildlife, a landmark crackdown on the illegal global trade in wildlife smuggling, organised by major conservation organisations worldwide and supported by the global airline and airport industries.

Among the recent activities was a programme aimed at helping the National Carrier crack down on the illegal trade in wildlife smuggling, by raising awareness among SriLankan Airlines’ staff. The programme was on the theme of “Zero tolerance for the illegal wildlife trade,” which was also the theme developed by United Nations Environmental Programme for worldwide activities to commemorate World Environment Day.

The airline’s Chief Commercial Officer, Siva Ramachandran, presided over the event, together with Pradeepa Kekulawala, Head of Human Resources and Convener of the SriLankan Airlines Green Team which drives conservation throughout the company. Other special guests included officials from Sri Lanka Customs and the Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Employees of the airline’s Cargo, Airport Service and Security divisions who attended the event were educated on matters such as best methods to spot smuggling; current trends in smuggling; which species are on endangered lists; types of animal parts that are often smuggled; and whom to contact and network with in regard to anti-smuggling efforts.