The African Elephant Action Plan was adopted in March 2010 at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES. The document was developed in response to a Decision of the CITES Parties to develop such a plan and a fund to assist with its implementation. The Plan was developed over two years through a consultative process, facilitated by the AfESG and the CITES Secretariat.
The African Elephant Action Plan is fully owned and managed by the African elephant range States, and outlines the actions that must be taken in order to effectively conserve elephants in Africa across their range. It is not intended to be an exhaustive analysis of the status of elephant populations and their conservation across Africa, but rather a concise and clear statement of those activities which MUST be implemented and most urgently require funding if Africa’s elephants throughout their range are to be protected from the multiple and serious threats they face.