The challenge of the group is to find workable solutions to country and regional problems in an open-minded atmosphere devoid of deliberate controversies. To meet this challenge, the AfESG has provided technical expertise and advice by helping to facilitate the development of national, sub-regional and continental conservation strategies and management plans and through the publication of Pachyderm and the upkeep of the African Elephant Library.
The AfESG has worked to provide updates on the numbers of range of elephants through the African Elephant Database and to provide tools and advice on managing human-elephant conflict.
The Group has also been closely involved in CITES and CMS over the years. In particular, the AfESG has been involved in the development of the CITES programme Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE).
In addition, the AfESG has assisted in the organisation, facilitation and technical preparation of the Range States Dialogues and more recently, African elephant meetings, which have been instrumental in moving towards regional consensus on controversial elephant issues.