Supply chain work with MIKE & ETIS
MIKE (Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants) and ETIS (the Elephant Trade Information System) are mandated by Resolution Conf. 10.10 (Rev. CoP15) to monitor illegal hunting of and trade in elephant specimens.
While ETIS and MIKE have been providing reports to the Conference of the Parties, increasingly decision-makers in these fora have been asking for more integrated reporting along the supply chain, including information from the African and Asian Elephant Database.
In 2011 and 2012, the AfESG, along with the Asian Elephant Specialist Group, MIKE, ETIS, UNEP-WCMC, the CITES Secretariat, and the Chair of the African Elephant Fund Steering Committee prepared comprehensive reports on the status of elephants in Africa and Asia, the levels and trends of illegal killing of elephants and the levels and dynamics of the illegal trade in ivory. These reports were well-received by the Standing Committee, for whom they were prepared, and provide important references for further integrated work along the illegal ivory supply chain. All documents are available on the CITES website - specific links are below.
Elephant conservation, illegal killing and ivory trade - Report to CITES SC62
Supplementary information to SC62 report
Status of elephant populations, levels of illegal killing and the trade in ivory - Report to CITES SC61
Supplementary information to SC61 report
Elephants in the Dust: The African Elephant Crisis
A Rapid Response Assessment
The AfESG worked with CITES MIKE and TRAFFIC to prepare a Rapid Response Assessment providing an overview of the current status of the African elephant alongside recommendations for action to ensure its protection. The report was launched in Bangkok at CITES COP16