At last year’s Annual Meeting, Secretary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton announced the Partnership to Save Africa’s Elephants. Because of the strong success of last year’s single commitment, this effort was scaled into The Elephant Action Network, which now includes 21 different commitments made by 16 individual organizations, which reach 58 different countries and touch upon each of our three pillars: Stop the Killing, Stop the Trafficking, Stop the Demand.
Commitment-makers to The Elephant Action Network include: African People and Wildlife; African Wildlife Foundation; Animal Planet; Conservation International; Frankfurt Zoological Society; International Fund for Animal Welfare; International Rangers Federation; INTERPOL; MADE for New York Fashion Week; SAFE; Save the Elephants; The Stimson Center; The Nature Conservancy; Wildlife Conservation Society; and World Wildlife Fund.
The Elephant Action Network will support governments in identifying and implementing priority actions to combat elephant poaching trafficking in ivory. These include: stringent enforcement measures in landscapes containing elephant populations across Africa; using a complementary range of urgent actions to strengthen enforcement capacity at ports and markets; initiating intelligence-led crackdowns on illicit networks; securing ivory stockpiles; and reform laws and penalties to rapidly reduce trafficking.
In an effort to raise awareness of the illegal ivory trade and the impact of the trade on Africa’s elephants, the network will work with governments and other stakeholders in priority consumer countries to develop and implement demand-reduction strategies, including public awareness campaigns on the links between the purchase of ivory products and the elephant poaching crisis in Africa. Strategies will also raise awareness of the legal penalties for people involved in smuggling or illegal trading of ivory. The overall aim is to change perceptions and purchasing practices in order to reduce consumption of and demand for ivory.