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Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)

STE have helped bring together a coalition, which could change the future for elephants. A new dawn for elephants broke on 26th September, when Hillary and Chelsea Clinton brokered an $80m partnership to bring an end to the ivory poaching crisis.

Save the Elephants has been advocating for a global coalition for united, and was called to the table to help hatch the idea of Stopping the Killing, Stopping the Trafficking and Stopping the Demand; a three pronged plan that will deal decisively with the whole crime chain that is fuelling the slaughter of elephants in Africa.

The commitment will focus attention on the national and global security implications of wildlife trafficking. As one of the world’s most profitable criminal activities, valued at $7-10 billion annually, illegal wildlife trade ranks fifth globally in terms of value, behind the trafficking in drugs, people, oil and counterfeiting. Notorious extremist groups like the Lord’s Resistance Army, the Janjaweed, and al-Shabaab trade in ivory to fund terror operations.

Secretary Clinton announced the Partnership to Save Africa’s Elephants in New York on the final day of the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative. In her opening remarks she gave special recognition Jane Goodall and Iain Douglas Hamilton for leading conservation efforts on the ground.

Stop The Killing

The money will be used to support 50 key elephant sites by funding 5000 existing and 3,100 additional park rangers. Intelligence operations will be funded to stop the illicit elephant poaching, seen as essential as terror organisations use ivory trafficking to fund their activities. The aim of this prong is to reduce the number of poached elephants to below 50 per cent.

Stop the Trafficking

There will also be increased security, including an increase in trained custom inspectors and sniffer dogs at 10 key transit points in Africa. Governments have committed to increasing the penalties for poaching elephants and trafficking ivory, Kenya in particular has recently elevated the penalties and sentences considerably. Law enforcement officials and judiciary should be increased by 500% from the 2011 level by 2016.

Stop the Demand

The final prong, ‘stopping demand’, will be targeted at 10 consumer markets over the next three years. African governments will also be encouraging a worldwide moratorium on ivory imports, exports and domestic sales. One way of spreading awareness about elephant poaching in market countries will be to involve social media, reaching the goal of 10 million actions on social media platforms. Ultimately, the initiative wishes to decrease ivory consumption by 25% over the next three years.

STE’s drive for a coalition means we were particularly pleased that the Clinton Global Initiative, driven by Hillary Clinton’s leadership while Secretary of State, has brought together Presidents from Uganda, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Gabon, Malawi, and Tanzania with conservation NGOs like African Parks Network, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Frankfurt Zoological Society, National Geographic, Save the Elephants, TRAFFIC, WildAid, Wildlife Direct, the International Conservation Caucus Foundation alongside other institutions such as the Freeland Foundation and the Howard Buffett Foundation.

 

The Clinton Global Initiative, CGI, is a non-partisan organization founded by the former president of the United States, Bill Clinton in 2005. Doug Band, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are also key personalities in the initiative. The initiative is part of the Clinton Foundation, whose mission statement is to ‘strengthen the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.’ The initiative’s mission is to ‘turn ideas into action’ and works primarily by linking up like-minded organisations around the world in order to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

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The fate of elephants is in the balance. The record price of ivory has attracted organised crime, rebel militias and even terrorist groups, fuelling a surge of poaching across the continent. Without the outstanding support and generosity of our donors, STE would not be able to continue securing a future for the elephants. We urgently need your support, while there is still time. You can be of vital assistance by donating to either our core funds or to any of our projects.

Spread the Word

The fate of elephants is in the balance. The record price of ivory has attracted organised crime, rebel militias and even terrorist groups, fuelling a surge of poaching across the continent. Without the outstanding support and generosity of our donors, STE would not be able to continue securing a future for the elephants. We urgently need your support, while there is still time. You can be of vital assistance by donating to either our core funds or to any of our projects.

How You Can Help

Over the last years our world-leading conservation efforts have been possible thanks to the dedication and generosity of loyal supporters. To join them you can donate in a number of ways:

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Elephants are fast disappearing from the wild. Without urgent, international action they could be gone within a generation. The Elephant Crisis Fund provides rapid, catalytic support for the most effective projects designed to stop the killing, thwart traffickers and end the demand for ivory. 100% of all donations reach the field.

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Save the Elephants is funded almost entirely by private donations. It is only through the generous support of donors that we are able to continue our important elephant conservation work. We rely entirely on funds, grants and donations from around the world, so thank you for helping us to secure a future for these fascinating creatures.

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