OUR PLAN TO SAVE ELEPHANTS

A majority of Africa’s surviving elephants – both forest and savannah species – are in EPI countries. We have common policies to save Africa’s elephants and build a sustainable future for our people.  In recent years we’ve seen a dramatic increase in human-elephant conflict across the continent. The EPI believes if these conflicts can’t be satisfactorily resolved, the long-term prospects for elephants are bleak.

The EPI’s Secretariat, the EPI Foundation, has developed a ‘Vision 2030’. We will bring our member countries together to share knowledge, experience and technologies, to mitigate and prevent conflict between humans and wildlife. The EPI Foundation will support African governments in managing these threats, and be a platform for them to share positions and articulate their challenges to the rest of the world.

IN ADDITION, EPI COUNTRIES ARE
COMMITTED TO...

IMPLEMENTING THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT ACTION PLAN, A BLUEPRINT TO SAVE THE SPECIES. 

Each EPI country is developing a National Elephant Action Plan (NEAP), to establish priorities and
raise funds. Our NEAPs are the mechanism whereby a continent-wide plan is
implemented at national level.

PUTTING OUR IVORY STOCKPILES BEYOND ECONOMIC USE.

We will stop the corruption that is allowing

ivory from government stockpiles to leak into

the illegal supply chain.

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MAINTAINING THE 1989 INTERNATIONAL BAN 

ON THE IVORY TRADE.

The ban caused ivory demand and

prices to fall. Resuming trade now will

put elephants at even greater risk.

CLOSING DOWN DOMESTIC MARKETS IN IVORY

We believe the legal buying and selling

of ivory too often serves as cover

for the illegal trade.

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ELEPHANTS & PEOPLE

How can elephant conservation bring economic benefits to people who live near the animals?