Asian Elephant Specialist Group meet starts in Malaysia

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.


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.