TO THE ELEPHANT CRISIS.
We, the EPI, comprise 22 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.
The EPI; saving Africa’s elephants, building a better future for its people
Our January Friend of the Month is Randall Dobayou, Deputy Executive Director of Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency, the institution responsible for the environment in that country. Liberia is a member of the EPI, and Randall took part in the recent EPI’s Ministerial meeting in Montreal, on the sidelines of the UN Biodiversity
CONGRATULATIONS TO DR WINNIE KIIRU
The Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) Foundation offers warm congratulations to its departing Director of Government Relations, Dr Winnie Kiiru, who has been appointed Executive Director of Mpala, in Kenya, one of Africa’s leading ecological
EPIF WELCOMES AGREEMENT ON POST-2020 GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY FRAMEWORK
The Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) Foundation welcomes the agreement at the UN Biodiversity Conference in Montreal on a Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. John Scanlon AO, CEO of the EPI Foundation, said, ‘We’re pleased countries have agreed a landmark deal to halt and reverse the loss of nature. The challenge now is implementation and actually achieving the targets. The promises of new funding give some reason for optimism’.
"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"