Collaborative action for developing Congo's National Elephant Action Plan

With the support of Stop Ivory, the Republic of Congo held an inclusive stakeholder workshop in February to develop a
National Elephant Action Plan (NEAP).

National Elephant Action Plans (NEAPs) are developed by range States as part of their EPI commitment, in order to implement the African Elephant Action Plan according to their national priorities – providing a clear 10-year strategy to protect their elephant populations.

The success of the NEAP workshop reflects the Republic of Congo’s continued high-level commitment to the EPI, which
it joined at the CITES Standing Committee in January 2016, and is a significant step forward in safeguarding Congo’s
elephants. It brought together high-level officials from across Government departments, experts on elephant conservation, and key partners from WWF, PALF and WCS. Madame Matondo, Minister of Forest Economy, Sustainable Development and the Environment, opened the workshop by reiterating Congo’s recognition of the crucial role of elephants in the country’s future.

Morally, the elephant is an inheritance that we owe to our future generations…. A guarantee of sustainable jobs and income for Congolese people, especially young people in rural areas. …Protecting elephants amounts to protecting ourselves.
— HER EXCELLENCY, MADAME ROSALIE MATONDO, CONGO’S MINISTER OF FOREST ECONOMY.
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In addition to combatting wildlife trafficking, Congo’s NEAP will include key strategies to protect core elephant populations in protected areas and mitigate human-elephant conflict. Two priority projects
to boost law enforcement efforts against poaching and the illegal ivory trade have already been part-funded by Stop Ivory, with partners WCS and PALF leading on the ground and providing match-funding. These projects seek to strengthen the effectiveness of wildlife law and provide capacity building to enforcement authorities in Conkouati-Douli National Park.