A Unified Voice
In 2014, at the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade, the leaders of four African nations - Chad, Tanzania, Gabon, Botswana, and Ethiopia – made a firm commitment to securing a strong and sage future for elephants across the continent.
They founded the Elephant Protection Initiative.
Stop Ivory serves as the secretariat to the EPI, which is an African-led, results-oriented partnership initiative to stop the illegal ivory trade and implement the continental African Elephant Action Plan as well help support the delivery of national elephant action plan that align with the wider continental plan.
The national plans form part of that country’s development strategy with each country setting out a 10-year strategy, from which specific, budgeted, fundable and assessable proposals for action are developed on a prioritized basis.
Stop Ivory has developed practical Standards and Guidelines for Wildlife Authorities to use, usually in a multi-disciplinary stakeholder process, to ensure that their NEAPs are both locally relevant and tied into the continental approach.
Our Achievements So Far
The African Elephant is being Eradicated
1989It Was Stopped BeforeIn 1989, President Daniel Arap Moi of Kenya set fire to 12 tonnes of ivory in protest and the world community banned the international trade in ivory. In the West, consumer demand collapsed; in Japan ivory simply began to go out of fashion. The killing stopped. 600,000 were left standing. Elephant populations stabilised and in the absence of an ivory market – in places, began to recover.
2010The Situation TodayIn the past 25 years, the world has changed. New aspirational consumer markets have emerged. New political and trading relationships have developed between Africa and the East. Between 2010 and 2012 more than 100,000 elephants have been killed, wanted only for their tusks, with proceeds often funding organized crime and terrorist groups.
2012Vanishing ElephantsThe killing of African elephants for their ivory is devastating a species that’s already losing ground to a growing human population. The National Geographic have published three important maps making clear the extent of the loss so far: Range – showing a dramatic decline between 1979 and 2007 (last major count); Poaching – showing elephant deaths from illegal killing across Africa in 2011; and Smuggling – showing destinations of trafficked ivory between 1989 and 2011.
2016Root CausesThe liquidation of elephants for their ivory can be stopped when we take concrete action to address the drivers of the illegal market:
1. High ivory prices on the black market make the illegal trade highly profitable;
2. Consumer ivory markets exist where trade is legal, where ivory is actively marketed as an aspirational product, and where a high proportion of consumers are not aware of the source or negative impacts of the ivory trade;
3. Criminal Organisations pay the corruptible to poach, traffick and turn a blind eye to criminal activity;
4. Governance and weak law enforcement, scarce resource allocation in range states mean that the risks are comparatively low for organised criminals.