The AfESG works with both CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) and CMS (the Convention on Migratory Species) to provide technical advice on issues related to the African elephant under the two conventions.
Many members of the AfESG operate in the CITES realm in their institutional roles, be they government, NGO, or researcher. The AfESG Secretariat uses information from its members, as well as the AAED to provide technical advice and engage with CITES in a variety of areas. Over the past few years, this has included:
- Facilitating the development of the Strategic Framework for the African Elephant Action Plan.
- Co-facilitating four meetings of the African elephant range States with the CITES MIKE programme from 2008 - 2012. Summary records off all four meetings are available from the CITES MIKE website.
- Serving on a number of Working Groups to help revise Decisions and Resolutions of the Conference of the Parties.
- Attending meetings of the Standing Committee and the Conference of the Parties on the IUCN delegation to advise on elephant issues.
- Working with CITES and TRAFFIC to understand more deeply the illegal ivory supply chain.
The AfESG worked closely with West African range States and CMS to develop the West African Elephant Memorandum of Understanding. This Memorandum is based on the West African Elephant Conservation Strategy, available here.