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Media Release - 4 August 2004

SANParks to hold a big elephant indaba

The Chief Executive of South African National Parks (SANParks), Dr David Mabunda, announced today that South African National Parks (SANParks) will be holding an Indaba on elephant management on 13-15 September 2004.

SANParks will be inviting a range of affected and interested stakeholders to participate at this Indaba; comprising of community representatives, partners in transfrontier conservation from neighbouring countries, Conservation NGOs, Provincial conservation authorities, private conservation organisations, academics and the media. "We are looking at a broad level of representation in order to ensure that the discussions at the workshop take into consideration all the different aspects to this challenge," said Mabunda.

"One has to understand that the challenge of managing elephant populations is not just a SANParks or South African issue, it cuts across the country and the region, hence the need for us to invite even representatives from our neighbouring countries who are affected by escalating elephant populations."

Mabunda said, "The Indaba will be exploring the management of elephant populations broadly, and not culling specifically, as has been suggested in previous media statements."

SANParks expects the Indaba to make recommendations on effective and financially sustainable approaches to elephant management which ensure biodiversity conservation in South Africa 's protected areas (national parks and provincial reserves), through meaningful participation by affected and interested stakeholders.

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