WHY THE EPI?

The EPI was launched in 2014 by the leaders of 5 countries; Gabon, Chad, Tanzania, Botswana and Ethiopia. Since then, we have grown, and now have 21 member countries. We are Francophone, Lusophone and Anglophone.

The EPI is an African-led
response to the elephant crisis. 

A majority of Africa’s surviving elephants – both forest and savannah species – are in EPI countries. We are confident that more countries will be joining us in the EPI in the near future.

 

We have common policies to save Africa’s elephants and build a sustainable future for our people. These are based on the African Elephant Action Plan (AEAP), which was agreed by all African elephant range states in 2010. We want to close down the ivory trade and ivory markets. We also want to build on this agreement, by encouraging our members, and other African countries, to develop National Elephant Action Plans (NEAPs). These include budget, monitoring and evaluation plans for countries to protect elephants and benefit people who live alongside them.  

“The EPI member states are determined to halt the elephant slaughter and fight the wider threats to our biodiversity. But we are fighting the battle on behalf of all mankind. Is the rest of the world prepared to help us?” 

 

H.E President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, 

EPI International Consultative Group Meeting, 11 October 2018

The Structure
of the EPI 

Heads of State

Council of Ministers

EPI National Focal Points

The EPI Foundation

  • Summit: Heads of State of EPI countries.

  • EPI Council: Ministers from all EPI countries.

  • EPI National Focal Points: appointed Ministry official in EPI countries to ensure effective communications.

  • EPI Foundation: the Secretariat for the EPI and the legal entity charged with helping Member States obtain the significant finance and providing any technical expertise required for NEAP implementation. 

THE EPI FOUNDATION SUPPORTS COUNTRIES BY...

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ASSISTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF NATIONAL ELEPHANT ACTION PLANS (NEAPS).

BUILDING SUSTAINABLE WILDLIFE ECONOMIES.

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PROVIDING DIRECT ASSISTANCE WITH IVORY STOCKPILE INVENTORIES AND MANAGEMENT.

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LINKING MEMBER STATES WITH DONORS WHO CAN RAISE FUNDS FOR NEAPS.

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LINKING MEMBER STATES WITH NGO PARTNERS.

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The EPI is an inter-governmental initiative supported by the Elephant Protection Initiative Foundation, by acting as its secretariat. 
The EPI Foundation is a UK Registered Charity- No. 1182805. UK Registered Company No. 11594608. The EPI Foundation is supported by Stop Ivory Inc - US registered non-profit organization, tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code, No. 81-2283286- and Conservation International: Registered as a 501(c)(3) organisation, No. 52-1497470. 2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 500, Arlington, VA 22202

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