Project Description

Review of measures and initiatives to address illegal trade in live Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in Asian range States

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Standing Committee, at its 65th meeting agreed that the Secretariat, pending the availability of external resources, would conduct a review of the implementation of Resolution Conf. 10.10 (Rev. CoP16), in particular the trade in live elephants, in Asian elephant range States and other relevant Parties, and report its findings at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17; Johannesburg, 24 September-5 October 2016).

The decision was based on discussions at SC65 of document SC65 Doc. 42.9 (“Reporting on trade in and registration of live Asian elephants”, submitted by Greece on behalf of the European Union and its 28 Member States).

Concerning trade in live elephants, Resolution Conf. 10.1-00 (Rev. CoP16) “RECOMMENDS that all elephant range States have in place legislative, regulatory, enforcement, or other measures to prevent illegal trade in live elephants.” This project will be funded by the International Elephant Foundation and Elephant Family.