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 tragic consequences of human-elephant conflict around Kenya’s Amboseli National Park below.
EPI Vision 2030: Prioritising Human-Elephant Conflict
FRIEND OF THE MONTH
We’re excited that our July Friend of the Month comes from Eritrea, whose elephant population is one of the least known in Africa. Teckeste Kiflemariam is the Head of Forestry and Wildlife in the Gash Barka region, some 200 kms west of Asmara, where he has been working for more than 25 years to conserve Eritrea’s only elephants.
THE EPIF'S 'GOLD STANDARDS' PROGRAMME UNVEILS NEW ‘GOLD STANDARD APP’
The EPI Foundation develops a ‘Gold Standard App’ to help wildlife officials with the secure management of ivory and other wildlife products.
EPIF URGES UN BIODIVERSITY SUMMIT TO SHOW GREATER AMBITION ON HUMAN-WILDLIFE CONFLICT
The Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) Foundation has urged attendees to the forthcoming UN Biodiversity Summit (known as CBD CoP15), to take bold steps to solve, mitigate and prevent human-wildlife conflict.
"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"