TO THE ELEPHANT CRISIS.
We, the EPI, comprise 23 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 here.
Elephants of the Congo Basin - a film from Central Africa
EPI'S STATEMENT ON THE SITUATION IN BABILE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY
We've learnt with dismay that parts of Babile Elephant Sanctuary in Ethiopia have been given to agricultural investors and the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA) wasn't consulted.
We urge authorities to support EWCA, and protect Babile, whose elephants are under great threat. Read the full statement below.
MALAWI'S ELEPHANTS: 5 DECADES ON
The EPI Foundation’s Hugo Jachmann has just returned from Malawi, where he first worked in conservation in the late 1970s. Hugo was on an assessment mission, to see how the EPI Foundation can help Malawi manage Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC). Here are his reflections on elephant conservation in Malawi then…and now.
THE ROAD TO RECOVERY FOR ANGOLA'S
EPI's Head of Operations, Andrew Crichton, and our Angola Project Officer, Jose Agostinho supervised the delivery of a secure container from Luanda to Luengue-Luiana National Park in July. The journey of over 2,000 KMs was made possible by our partners from the Halo Trust, and officials from the Angolan government's wildlife department, INBC. Read more about the great expedition below.
"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"