I am satisfied that the standards established for the Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) system, together with the governance arrangements, including advice from the MIKE-ETIS Technical Advisory Group, ensure that the data gathered are of sufficient quality.
Similarly, I am content that the data available to MIKE are fit for the purpose for which they are intended, namely:
(a) to measure levels and trends in the illegal hunting of elephants;
(b) to determine changes in these trends over time; and
(c) to determine the factors causing or associated with such changes, and to try and assess, in particular, to what extent observed trends are a result of any decisions taken by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).