The CITES MIKE program found itself with a six month gap in funding because anticipated European funds were not available until early 2006. The Programme Manager came to the CITES meeting to ask for a loan from the CITES trust fund to enable them to keep their staff and programs running during the gap. Some countries opposed the loan for political motives as one of the key conditions of MIKE is that it establishes a base line of wild populations so that they can monitor whether the one off ivory sale has any impact on poaching. If MIKE is out of money, they cannot complete this requirement. If they have the funding to stay operational, they can have the baseline finalized for next year’s CITES meeting. With other supporters, IEF provided funds so that CITES MIKE could remain operational.