African Elephant Summit

2-4 December 2013


IUCN and Government of Botswana

About the Summit

The African Elephant Summit was held in Gaborone, Botswana from 2-4 December 2013.  

Delegates from 30 countries and 27 inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations participated in discussions around key urgent measures required to stem the growing illegal ivory trade and its impacts on elephant populations in Africa.  A set of 14 urgent measures were adopted by consensus.

The summary record is now available in English and French.

Urgent measures

Following two days of discussion and negotiation, a set of urgent measures were adopted by consensus by delegates at the African Elephant Summit, representing 30 countries and a number of inter-governmental organizations.

The urgent measures are available in English and French

A number of countries signed them formally: 

  • Botswana
  • Germany
  • Niger
  • Somalia
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Two inter-governmental organizations signed the urgent measures:

  • IUCN

A number of other organizations signed statements of support:

  • Conservation International
  • CIC - International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation
  • Elephants Without Borders
  • Frankfurt Zoological Society

The Government of Botswana and IUCN welcome additional signatories to the measures.  Draft language is available here.

Statements of support from Non-Governmental Organizations are also welcome. Draft language is available here

Please send signed declarations to:

Attention: Mr. Neil Fitt
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Environment Wildlife and Tourism
Private Bag BO199, Bontleng,
Gaborone, Botswana


The African Elephant Summit was hosted by the Republic of Botswana in partnership with IUCN. For further information, please contact the Summit Coordinator for IUCN, or the Summit Coordinator for the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Botswana.

  • African Elephant Specialist Group