The Asian elephant Specialist Group (AsESG)
The Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG) is the most important science and knowledge forum for academics and field conservationists across Asian elephant range countries. However, until recently, its members lacked the capacity to share knowledge, offer expert opinion to policy-makers, and scale-up solutions—except on a volunteer, ad hoc basis.
For the first time in history, Elephant Family funded a post for a full-time coordinator. Now the group benefits from seminars, conference calls, meetings and a better website to facilitate information flow, helping to ensure implementation of best practice while avoiding duplicative efforts.
In November 2016, the specialist group came together for the first time in over a decade. The meeting saw 75 Asian elephant experts from 15 countries gather in Guwahati, India, to develop conservation solutions that will maintain space for Asian elephants in our increasingly crowded world.
At the meeting, we made a three-year commitment to the group, ensuring that we continue working with our fellow experts to achieve positive Asian elephant conservation outcomes and reduced human-elephant conflict.
In April 2017 the AsESG helped organised the2nd Asian elephant Range States meeting in Jakarata, Indonesia with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia where members from 12 Range countries participated. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the challenges confronting elephant conservation in Asia, possible solutions and to enhance the cooperation among Asian countries to conserve elephants in Asia. The meeting concluded with the “Jakarta Declaration for the Asian Elephant Conservation” agreed upon by all the 13 countries.