Governments agreed to engage communities living with elephants in their conservation. They will mobilize financial and technical resources to combat wildlife crime. “We are very pleased with the result of the summit, especially as it involves some of the most important countries along the illegal ivory value chain,” said IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre.
“We hope that these outcomes will go beyond the summit’s focus on African elephants and boost broader efforts to combat illegal wildlife trade in other species which have been threatened by it, such as rhinos and pangolins”, she added.
Government agreed to apply “zero tolerance approach” to combat the smuggling of elephant ivory. The agreement was reached at the ongoing African Elephant Summit convened by the government of Botswana and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN.
The measures were agreed by African elephant range states. “Our window of opportunity to tackle the growing illegal ivory trade is closing and if we do not stem the tide, future generations will condemn our unwillingness to act,” said Botswana’s President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama. “Now is the time for Africa and Asia to join forces to protect this universally valued and much needed species.”
One of the 14 measures the delegates committed their governments to involve is classifying wildlife trafficking as a “serious crime”.