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 challenges of human-elephant conflict around Ethiopia’s Babile Elephant Sanctuary below.
Babile in crisis - a film from Ethiopia by the EPIF
EPIF UNVEILS HUMAN-ELEPHANT CONFLICT (HEC) STRATEGY
The EPI Foundation today announces a new strategy to address human-elephant conflict (HEC), which is fast emerging as the greatest threat to the survival of Africa’s elephants.
WATCH THE EPIF'S SPECIAL EVENT ON AFRICA'S HUMAN-WILDLIFE CRISIS
On the 21st of September 2021, the EPI Foundation hosted a short film on the urgent situation in the Babile Elephant Sanctuary, Ethiopia, followed by a discussion with African leaders on human-elephant conflict.
FRIEND OF THE MONTH
Our Friend of the Month for September is Hans Magaya, a new member of the EPI Foundation team. Hans, who is based in his home country Gabon, joins us as a Project Officer, concentrating on the security and management of ivory stockpiles. Hans has almost 15 years experience in conservation and was previously employed by the US Embassy in Gabon, and The Nature Conservancy.
"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"