About the AsESG

About the AsESG

 

Background and aims

The Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG) is a global network of specialists (both scientists and non-scientists) concerned with the study, monitoring, management, and conservation of Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus). The overall aim of the AsESG is to promote the long-term conservation of Asia's elephants and, where possible, the recovery of their populations to viable levels.

All AsESG members are actively involved in some aspect of elephant conservation and/or management. There are currently over 65 volunteer members led by two volunteer Co-chairs (Simon Hedges and Ajay Desai). Membership is reviewed and reappointed approximately every 3–4 years 

The AsESG acts as the Red List Authority for the Asian Elephant, carrying out Red List assessments for inclusion in the IUCN Red List.

Group members have also helped in the development of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) system for Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) and The Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) .

In addition, the AsESG assisted in the organization, facilitation, and technical preparation for the first-ever Asian Elephant Range States’ Meeting in January 2006.

Future

The AsESG will continue to provide sound scientific and technical advice to aid in decision-making and conservation action, as well as focusing on capacity building to help the Asian Elephant Range States manage the species and the challenges it faces. 

In the near future, the AsESG plans to deliver a number of products and services including an Asian Elephant Database (similar in intent and function to the African Elephant Database, a review of human–elephant conflict mitigation practices in Asia, and new methods for the standardized registration of captive elephants, all of which received Range State government support at the Asian Elephant Range States’ Meeting in 2006.

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