SSC Groups

Illegal ivory supply chain

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.

MIKE is operated by the CITES Secretariat in partnership with IUCN ESARO and PACO. ETIS is operated by TRAFFIC (the wildlife trade monitoring network) on behalf of the CITES Parties. 

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.




PDF iconStatus of African elephant populations and levels of illegal killing and the illegal trade in ivory: A report to the African Elephant Summit

PDF iconEtat des populations des éléphants africains et les niveaux d'abattage illégal et le commerce illégal de l'ivoire de l'éléphant d'Afrique: Un rapport pour le Sommet sur l’éléphant d’Afrique.

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

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



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