As the surge in African elephant poaching and illegal ivory trade continues, the Government of Botswana and IUCN are convening a high-level summit on the African Elephant calling for stronger global action to halt the illegal trade and secure viable elephant populations across Africa.
Hosted by the President of the Republic of Botswana H.E. Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, the event will bring together Heads of State and representatives of all African elephant range countries, as well as high-level representatives from key transit and destination countries in the illegal African elephant ivory trade chain.
|Fast facts: African Elephant Summit|
|Date||2nd to 4th December 2013|
|Host||President of the Republic of Botswana H.E. Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama|
|Purpose of summit||Call for stronger global action to halt the illegal trade and secure viable elephant populations|
“The need for all African nations to work together to manage our continent’s natural resources is more important than ever,” says Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Botswana Mr T S Khama. “Africa needs the world’s support to address the issues of wildlife trafficking and trade, as it is the world that is creating the demand for wildlife products which drives poaching on our continent, and so threatens the survival of species.”
The African Elephant Summit will take place from 2 to 4 December 2013 in Botswana’s capital Gaborone.
Date: 14 October 2013