Elephants in NamibiaBotswana, 2-4 December 2013

General information

The African Elephant Summit is being held in Gaborone, Botswana from 2-4 December 2013.  Further information is available in both English and French.

Registration

Participation in the African Elephant Summit is by invitation only. All invitations have been issued.  Registration information for invitees will be provided shortly .

Press Accreditation

The Press is welcome to attend the Grand Opening and a Press Conference on 3 December 2013. Foreign journalists must be accredited through the Government of Botswana.

Development of draft urgent measures to address the upsurge in poaching of the African elephant and illegal ivory trade

The Government of Botswana and IUCN have developed a first draft of urgent measures to be considered by government delegates at the African Elephant Summit.

The draft measures were compiled from the sources listed below based on current national and intergovernmental efforts; and the need to remain consistent with CITES decisions, resolutions and action plans concerning elephants:

CITES Decisions and Resolutions in effect following COP16, including the 8 country-specific 2013-2014 action plans required under the CITES Standing Committee process;
the African Elephant Action Plan (2010);
national and inter-governmental initiatives and declarations; and
regional and national strategies.

Criteria were used to select the draft measures as follows:

Present in all 8 country-specific 2013-2014 action plans required under the CITES Standing Committee process;
Meets one or more of the Objectives of the African Elephant Action Plan;
Requires high-level political engagement for successful implementation;
Can be implemented within a period of one year.

Consultation process

Draft urgent measures are available online in English and French.
Comments are welcomed that assist in the refinement and prioritization of the draft measures. Additional measures will only be considered if they fit the above criteria.
The organizing team will be contacting all invited governments and inter-governmental organizations to seek their input.
Comments from governments and inter-governmental organizations should be sent to the Summit Coordinator.
Comments from non-governmental organizations and individuals should be sent via the following IUCN Members, who have kindly agreed to assist in compiling feedback.  Organizations based in  Botswana should please send to Kalahari Conservation Society and other organisations should please send to WCS & WWF.
Comments on the urgent measures will be accepted until 15 November 2013. Written comments on the urgent measures will be confidential unless the institution making the comments requests that they are public.
The Government of Botswana and IUCN will then prepare a final version of the urgent measures to be reviewed and adopted at the African Elephant Summit.

Draft event plan

Day 1 (2 December 2013) – Review of situation, identification of key issues and finalization of a set of emergency measures (Attendees will be: government delegates, invited IGOs and technical experts)
Day 2 (3 December 2013) – Grand opening and commitment to emergency measures (Attendees will be: Heads of State/high-level delegates, invited IGOs and technical experts)
Day 3 (4 December 2013) – Discussion of the implementation of emergency measures (government delegates, invited IGOs, invited NGOs, and the bilateral donor community)

Provisional agenda is now available to download.

Contacts

The African Elephant Summit is being hosted by the Republic of Botswana in partnership with IUCN. For further information, please contact the Summit Coordinator for IUCN, or the Summit Coordinator for the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Botswana.

From : Iucn.org