NATIONAL ELEPHANT ACTION PLANS

These are based on the African Elephant Action Plan (AEAP), which was agreed by all African elephant range states in 2010. We encourage 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.

WHAT IS
A NEAP?

National Elephant Action Plans (NEAPs) are 10 year elephant conservation strategies, developed by national governments with technical and financial assistance from the EPI Foundation, to support the implementation of the African Elephant Action Plan (AEAP). NEAPs provide a framework for elephant conservation priorities to be implemented using state and non-state resources.

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NEAPs are practical tools for Range States to identify and prioritize actions that require implementation to protect their elephants. Importantly, NEAPs provide a framework through which financial and technical support can be applied for.

NATIONAL STRATEGIES & THE SDGS

Our National Elephant Action Plans (NEAPs) are aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), introduced in 2016. We believe that the challenges of conservation and ending poverty cannot be seen in isolation. SDG 15, Life on Land, calls for urgent action to end the poaching and trafficking of protected species, but says this is best achieved by ensuring local communities are able to achieve sustainable livelihoods.

How does the EPI Support the Sustainable Development Goals?

End poverty in all its

forms everywhere

 

How?

  • Improve cooperation  and collaboration with local communities

  • Reduce human-   elephant conflict

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

 

How?

  • Improve cooperation  and collaboration with local communities

  • Reduce human-elephant conflict

Ensure inclusive & equitable quality education & promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

 

How?

  • Increase awareness on elephant conservation and management

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

 

How?

  • Increase awareness on elephant conservation and management

  • Improve cooperation and collaboration with local communities

Build resilient infrastructure & sustainable industrialisation & foster innovation

 

How?​

  • Improve cooperation and collaboration with local communities

Ensure sustainable consumption & production patterns

How?​

  • Increase awareness on elephant conservation and management

  • Maintain elephant habitats and restore connectivity

  • Strengthen range States knowledge on African elephants

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

How?​

  • Improve cooperation and collaboration with local communities

Protect, restore & promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, & halt & reverse land degradation & halt biodiversity loss

How?

  • All 8 NEAP objectives contribute to SDG15 

Ensure availability

& sustainable management of water & sanitation for all

 

How?​

  • Improve cooperation and collaboration with local communities

Promote sustained, inclusive & sustainable economic growth, full & productive employment & decent work for all

 

How?​

  • Improve cooperation and collaboration with local communities

Promote peaceful & inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all & build effective, accountable & inclusive institutions 

How?

  • Reduce illegal killing of elephants & illegal trade in elephant products

  • Strengthen cooperation & understanding among range states

Strengthen the means of implementation & revitalise the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

 

How?

  • Strengthen cooperation and understanding among range states

DEVELOPING NATIONAL ELEPHANT ACTION PLANS

The EPI Foundation has developed a number of key resources to support the development, implementation and monitoring of NEAPs. For more information on NEAPs please contact info@elephantprotectioninitiative.org

NEAPS FINALISED

NEAPS IN DEVELOPMENT