Elephant protection Initiative

Foundation Establishment / Resource Mobilization

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The Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) was launched in 2014 by the leaders of 5 countries; Gabon, Chad, Tanzania, Botswana and Ethiopia. Since then, the EPI have grown, and now have 21 member countries. Geopolicity supported the EPI from 2017 to 2020, including support for creation of the new EPI Foundation and resource mobilization for the National Elephant Protection Plans (NEAPs).

ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN:

Review of the global African Elephant Action Plan (AEAP), National Elephant Action Plans (NEAPs) and leading the push for transition from Stop Ivory to the establishment of the current EPI Foundation, chaired by H.E. Ian Khama. Initiation of the EPI Consultative Group (CG) meeting held in New York and London, and support for securing fund raising to finance start up operations.  Presentations at the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Summit in Vietnam and meetings in Botswana and Gabon.

OUTCOME:

Initiation of the international EPI Foundation, development of the resource mobilization strategy and successful rounds of fundraising.

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London / Africa

 

Conservation International / EPI

2017/2020

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Consulting and Advisory

Conservation Finance

"We are delighted that the EPI is re-positioning its focus and expertise to prioritise human-elephant conflict. Together we need to find sustainable solutions, where people can prosper and our remaining elephants are safe. The collapse of tourism revenue as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic makes the challenge all the more urgent. We believe the EPI, with its continent-wide membership, is well placed to help find solutions"

H.E. Dr. Ian Khama

Former President of Botswana and Chair of the EPI Leadership Council

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