Asian Elephant Specialist Group meet starts in Malaysia

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News:The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) 10th Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG) Meeting has started at Kota Kinabalu in Sabah,Malaysia.

Facts:

About the Issues to be discussed at the meet:The issues to be discussed at the meeting include:

  • national action plans for elephant conservation by Asian elephant range states
  • best practices in managing human-elephant conflict
  • mechanisms to involve group members in monitoring the illegal killing of elephants
  • issues related to captive elephant welfare and sharing and learning from the African experience.
  • emerging challenges to elephant conservation such as electrocution as well as solutions to deal with conflict such as early warning systems and mobile technologies.

About Asian Elephant Specialist Group(AsESG):

  • The Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG) is an integral part of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). 
  • The group aims to promote the long-term conservation of Asia’s elephants and wherever possible, the recovery of their populations to viable levels.
  • The AsESG provides the best available scientifically grounded evidence to the abundance, distribution, and demographic status of Asian elephant populations in all 13 range states. 
  • It p periodically compiles range-wide assessments which shall be publicly disseminated via the AsESG website and other outlets.