African Elephant Specialist Group, Species Survival Commission, IUCN -The World Conservation Union
Data Center Description
The African Elephant Specialist Group (AfESG) is a group of technical experts focusing on the conservation and management of African elephants. The broad aim of the AfESG is to promote the long-term conservation of Africa's elephants and, where possible, the recovery of their population to viable levels.
Led by a volunteer Chair (currently Dr. Holly Dublin), the group consists of some 45 volunteer members drawn from all parts of the continent. All members are actively involved in some aspect of elephant conservation and/or management. Membership is reviewed and reappointed approximately every three years.
The group meets approximately every one to two years to review status and trends of elephant populations and to discuss progress in specific areas related to conservation of the species.
Since it was first convened in the mid 1970's, the AfESG has considerably grown in size and complexity. There are at present three AfESG offices, the AfESG secretariat in Nairobi (Kenya), the AfESG West Africa Programme Office (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) and the Central Africa Programme Office (Yaounde, Cameroon). Full-time staff has been provided to facilitate the work of the group and to better serve the members' needs.