Details | Partnership to Save Africa's Elephants


Commitment Duration: 3 years

Geographic Region: Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe

Countries: Belgium, Benin, Botswana, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d’lvoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Philippines, Portugal, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, UK, US, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe


This commitment will aim to reduce poaching to sustainable levels across 50 protected areas by bolstering the capacity of range countries to protect elephant populations currently experiencing high poaching levels.  These 50 sites are primarily in Central and Eastern Africa and currently harbor some 285,000 elephants, two-thirds of the continental total.  Anti-poaching efforts will include supporting park guards through equipment and training as well as law enforcement monitoring, mission costs, aerial surveillance, better intelligence, and salary support.


Partner NGOs will support governments to intercept movement of ivory between ports and markets, with the goal of increasing ivory seizures by 50 percent by 2016.  This will be accomplished through creation of local and regional intelligence networks; strengthening enforcement capacity at ports and markets; intelligence-led crackdowns on illicit networks; securing ivory stockpiles;  reforming laws and penalties ; and building judiciary and law enforcement capacity related to trafficking. Working together with governments, corporations, civil society and institutions, NGO partners will work to disrupt illicit networks and stem the flow of ivory; and support governments to monitor and implement their national laws, including, where appropriate, domestic moratoria on all commercial ivory important, exports and domestic sales ,on the basis that legal domestic ivory markets often provide cover for laundering of ivory from illegally killed elephants—as such, trade moratoria are critical until elephant populations recover. On September 26, 2013 at CGI’s annual meeting, the leaders of Botswana, Cote D’Ivoire, Gabon, Malawi, and Uganda stood together and called on other countries to join them in halting the ivory trade. 


Partners will work with governments and other stakeholders in priority consumer countries to reduce ivory demand by 25 percent by 2016 by changing consumer perceptions of ivory and purchasing practices.  We will implement demand reduction strategies, including public awareness and consumer marketing campaigns on the causal link between the purchase of ivory products and the elephant poaching crisis in Africa.  Our efforts will include 1) working with governments in key consumer countries to help them launch long-term, robust programs and campaigns to change consumer behavior and promote law enforcement efforts; 2) producing awareness content/materials and improving penalties and prosecutions that will spur behavior change and/or online action in key consumer countries; 3) generating 10 million actions taken via social media platforms in key consumer countries; and 4) conducting standardized, replicable, scalable public opinion polls and surveys within priority consumer countries. 


The partnership of NGOs formed under this CGI commitment will help catalyze a global movement of national leaders, NGOs, and civil society who will coordinate and leverage their collective influence, constituencies, and resources to protect key elephant populations from poaching, reduce trafficking of ivory, and significantly reduce the demand for ivory. In addition, by uniting national leaders and concerned groups and citizens from around the globe, this commitment will focus attention on the elephant crisis as well as the related national and global security implications of wildlife trafficking.

The partnership has pledged $80 million towards the Commitment to Action. We seek additional partners to provide critical financial or in-kind support totaling $70 million. Our current funding sustains over 5,000 anti-poaching park guards, but 3,000 more must be recruited and supported if all 50 elephant sites are to be effectively protected.  Critical anti-trafficking strategies and measures are significantly under-resourced and require urgent attention.  Demand for ivory will be reduced by 25 percent at current funding levels—but without more comprehensive demand reduction, illegal traders will continue to find ways to supply and the killing will continue. Additional financial and in-kind support will enable our global partnership to realize its strategy to stop the killing, stop the trafficking, and stop the demand--ultimately ensuring a future for Africa’s elephants.