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 introduce our Friend of the Month for June, Donatus Gadiye. Donatus is Elephant Monitoring Coordinator in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA). The EPI Foundation has recently begun providing technical advice to the NCAA on human-elephant conflict (HEC).
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.
PEOPLE AND ELEPHANTS IN TANZANIA'S HIGHLANDS
In the Ngorongoro highlands, people and elephants are competing for land, and the EPI Foundation is looking at ways to mitigate conflict between them.
"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"