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.
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.