TO THE ELEPHANT CRISIS.
We, the EPI, comprise 21 African countries determined to end the killing of our elephants. The majority of surviving elephants live in our countries. We span the continent, from east to west, from savannah to dense forests. We are Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone. We have plans to protect our elephants, but we know any lasting solutions must incorporate the needs of people who live alongside wildlife. In November 2020 the EPI’s secretariat, the EPI Foundation, announced a new focus on the mitigation and prevention of human-elephant conflict, in recognition of the changing threats to Africa’s elephants. Read our Vision 2030 here, and see our film on the challenges of human-elephant conflict around Ethiopia’s Babile Elephant Sanctuary below.
Babile in Crisis - a film from Ethiopia
THE TRAINING OF THE TRAINERS
The EPI Foundation was delighted to support the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA) in holding a "Training of the Trainers" workshop on Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC) in Adama. The workshop brought together wildlife experts from many of Ethiopia’s protected areas.
JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL EVENT ON AFRICA'S CRITICALLY ENDANGERED FOREST ELEPHANTS
On the 26th of January 2022, the EPI Foundation is hosting an exclusive film from Nigeria's Omo Forest Reserve, followed by a high-level discussion with governments from West and Central Africa and international experts.
FRIEND OF THE MONTH
Our Friend of the Month for January is Emmanuel Olabode, project coordinator for the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, leading on the ground efforts to save the elephants in Omo Forest in South-West Nigeria.
"We are delighted that the EPI is re-positioning its focus and expertise to prioritise human-elephant conflict. Together we need to find sustainable solutions, where people can prosper and our remaining elephants are safe. The collapse of tourism revenue as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic makes the challenge all the more urgent. We believe the EPI, with its continent-wide membership, is well placed to help find solutions"