ELEPHANT PROTECTION INITIATIVE

The EPI is a coalition of 21 African countries working together to conserve elephants and build a sustainable future for neighbouring communities.

The EPI aims to secure the harmonious coexistence of people and elephants with herds able to travel across their range. We will thereby protect a diverse range of wild animals and plants, combat climate change and support local livelihoods. The EPI Foundation's ‘Vision 2030’ is designed to address the challenges that Africa’s growing human populations and economic development present for its remaining elephants. It has a particular focus on Human-Elephant Conflict, which we believe is now a major threat to elephant conservation. However, we remain committed to supporting the international moratorium on elephant ivory trade and preventing Africa’s ivory stockpiles from leaking onto the illegal market. We also support our member countries to develop National Elephant Action Plans (NEAPs), based on the African Elephant Action Plan (AEAP) which was agreed by all African elephant range states in 2010. NEAPs include budget, monitoring and evaluation plans for countries to protect elephants and benefit people who live alongside them.