1. Elephant poaching in Central Africa. 2. The elephant and rhino poaching crisis in Africa

11:00-12:00 Le braconnage d’éléphants en Afrique Centrale

This session will be held in French and English.

Les objectifs de la session sont:
- Attirer l’attention des acteurs de la conservation sur le potentiel en espèces d’éléphants et les menaces qui pèsent sur cette espèce, notamment au travers du braconnage transfrontalier au niveau de l’espace entre le Sud du Soudan et le Nord du Nigéria
- Mobiliser les efforts de la communauté internationale et des pays concernés pour des initiatives régionales en faveur de la conservation de cette espèce

12:00-13:00 Elephant and rhino poaching crisis in eastern and southern Africa – short and long term solutions to stem the tide of illegal killing and trade

This session will be held in English.

Illegal killing of African elephants and rhinos has escalated in the eastern and southern African region in recent years. The burgeoning demand for ivory and rhino horn has increased the price of these commodities, which combined with weak law enforcement and poor governance have precipitated a decline of several key elephant and rhino populations. Currently approximately 2 rhinos are killed every day, mostly in South Africa, and elephant poaching has reached alarming levels in several range States. This sense of crisis has mobilized the global conservation community to generate series of recommendations for addressing the problem ranging from short term measures, such as stricter in situ protection, to longer term strategies such as reducing demand for ivory and rhino horn in the main consumer markets.

The objective of the session is to convene a dialogue among key IUCN members, both government and NGO, as well as potentially interested donors to discuss how IUCN could engage in this issue more effectively, with special reference to the Motions on elephants and rhinos that will be tabled at the Members Assembly of the Congress. The session will be jointly facilitated by staff of the IUCN SSC African Elephant and Rhino Specialist Groups and TRAFFIC.

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