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 delighted to include another new country for our Friend of the Month. Duclair Makaya is from the Republic of Congo, where he works as a legal adviser to our partners WCS, and has played a key role in that country’s ivory inventory.
WATCH OUR SPECIAL EVENT ON AFRICA'S HUMAN-WILDLIFE CRISIS
The EPI Foundation hosted a screening followed by a discussion on human-elephant conflict across sub-Saharan Africa, with key contributions from ministers from Kenya and Gabon, and experts from the EPI Foundation. Watch a recording of the important debate on one of the most urgent conservation issues in Africa today.
FOREST ELEPHANTS; ENDANGERED TREASURES OF NIGERIA
In the week that the African forest elephant was declared Critically Endangered, take a look at this hidden camera footage from Okomu National Park, Edo State in southern Nigeria. Some 30 elephants survive in Okomu, some of the last in Nigeria, despite widespread illegal logging and other disturbances.
"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"