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.
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.
A number of countries signed them formally:
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
Two inter-governmental organizations signed the urgent measures:
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
Throughout the course of the African Elephant Summit, a number of speeches and presentations were made.
- Session 2: Status of African elephant populations and levels of illegal killing and the illegal trade in ivory, by Dr. Holly Dublin
- Session 2: Status of elephants in Botswana, by Dr. Cyril Taolo
- Session 3: African Elephant Fund and the African Elephant Action Plan, by Cyril Taolo
- Session 12: The Sounds of the Silent, by Batisani Batsei
- Session 12: Working Together to Save African Elephants, by Yufang Gao
- Session 14: Strategic alignment along the illicit trade chain: A presentation by the Government of Germany
- Session 14: Catalyzing Finance for Biodiversity in Africa, by UNDP-GEF
- Session 14: The Wildlife-TRAPS Project
- Session 14: Wildlife Poaching and Illegal Trade: How the World Bank Can Help
African Elephant Meeting
On 23 March, 2015, the Government of Botswana hosted the African Elephant Meeting as a follow-up to the African Elephant Summit. More information on the conference proceedings, which were primarily closed to the media, will be posted as available.
On 25 March 2015, the Government of Botswana convened the Kasane Conference on The Illegal Wildlife Trade as a follow-up to the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade held in February 2014, resulting in the issuing of the Kasane Statement.