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 MEMBER STATES DISCUSS ELEPHANT CONSERVATION AT THE CITES STANDING COMMITEE MEETING IN GENEVA
Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) member states gathered on the margins of the recent CITES Standing Committee meeting in Geneva. The EPI Foundation’s Ruth Musgrave and Ulysse Korogone reflect from Geneva on the EPI gathering, and broader developments at CITES. Read more below.
A BEACON OF HOPE:
BRIDGING BOUNDARIES WITH ETHIOPIA'S ELEPHANT WATCHTOWERS
Our Director of Programs travelled to Ethiopia for the inauguration event for the community watchtowers at Chebere Churchura National Park, alongside representatives from EWCA, Southern Nations authorities and the park officials. These elephant watchtowers support villagers struggling with elephant crop raiders. Read her story below.
NOVEMBER FRIEND OF THE MONTH: COLONEL DIEUDONNE YAMEOGO
Our Friend of the Month for November is Colonel Dieudonné Yameogo, who is Burkina Faso’s Director of Wildlife.
Burkina Faso became the 23rd member state of the EPI earlier this year.
Find out more about him on our most recent blog post 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"