On 11-12 October, governments, NGOs and decision-makers will be gathering in London for the Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Conference.


A crucial part of this conference will be the meeting co-hosted by the Elephant Protection Initiative  – an African-led initiative to protect the continent’s elephant population. Held together with the UK Government, a Consultative Group that will discuss National Elephant Action Plans. These are fully costed national plans drawn up by African governments to protect their elephant populations.
If you are not based in London, we can help facilitate information for you to cover.


The EPI champions and advocates for these plans across Africa as a sustainable and effective way to save the continent’s dwindling elephant population, which continues to come under fierce attack from poaching and illegal trafficking. The Consultative Group will see several African countries, including Gabon, Chad, Uganda, Kenya, Angola, Ethiopia and Malawi present their National Elephant Action Plans.


During this consultative group, we are able to facilitate interviews between yourself and:

  • President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba
  • Former President of Botswana, Dr Ian Khama

Please let us know in advance if you would like to conduct an interview so that we can organise the logistics of this.


Other attending include:

  • President of Chad, Idriss Déby
  • President of Guinea, Alpha Condé
  • President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi
  • Ministers from Angola, Malawi , Congo Brazzaville, Kenya
  • The First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta


Please note, to attend the conference you will need to be accredited by emailing your name and outlet to Newsdesk@fco.gov.uk by 5pm on Thursday October 4th. Please also let me know if you wish to attend the Consultative Group meeting by this time, so that I can arrange an overlay pass for you to attend this private event.

As I mentioned above, If you are not based in London, we can help facilitate information for you to cover, for example quotes from speeches or remote interview access.


Further details about the conference and the EPI can be found below this email. Please do let me know if you have any questions and I will be more than happy to assist.


Best wishes,






The Elephant Protection Initiative


Launched in 2014 by the leaders of 5 countries – Gabon, Chad, Tanzania, Botswana and Ethiopia – the EPI coalition now numbers 19 African member states.


The EPI has common policies to save Africa’s elephants and build a sustainable future for our people. These are based on the African Elephant Action Plan (AEAP), which was agreed by all African elephant range states in 2010.


The coalition wants to close down the ivory trade and ivory markets and build on this agreement, by encouraging our members, and other African countries, to develop National Elephant Action Plans (NEAPs). These include budget, monitoring and evaluation plans for countries to protect elephants and benefit people who live alongside them.


Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference: London 2018


The UK government is hosting an international conference about the illegal wildlife
trade on 11 to 12 October 2018. The conference will bring together global leaders to help eradicate illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction.


The Conference comes amid the urgent and complex global challenge that the illegal wildlife trade poses – and the international response needed to tackle it. It follows on from the London Declaration, made in 2014, where global leaders recognised the significant scale and detrimental economic, social and environmental consequences of the trade.



James Nickerson
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