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African Elephant Fund Newsletter: May 2018

This newsletter gives a triannual update of the African Elephant Fund. The African Elephant Fund negotiated under the auspices of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora brings together African Elephant range States, donor States and key stakeholders who work to conserve and protect the African Elephant by implementing the African Elephant Action Plan.

The first triannual of 2018 has seen the African Elephant Fund working towards achieving the African Elephant Action Plan objectives which include: reducing illegal killing of elephants and illegal trade of elephant products, maintaining elephant habitats and restoring connectivity, reducing human-elephant conflict, increasing awareness on elephant conservation and management of key stakeholders that include policy makers and local communities among interest groups, strengthening range States knowledge on African elephant management, improving local communities cooperation and collaboration on African elephant conservation and implementing the African Elephant Action Plan.

The 10th African Elephant Fund Steering Committee Meeting

Photo: 3 March 2018- Kasane, Botswana- African Elephant Fund Steering Commitee (AEFSC) members at the 10th AEFSC meeting held at Travel Lodge| © African Elephant Fund

The 10th African Elephant Fund Steering Committee (AEFSC) meeting was held in Kasane, Botswana on 1 to 3 March 2018. The Steering Committee members met to review and assess thirty-one (31) project proposals that were submitted from 2 October to 31 December 2017, to review the status of implementation of the ongoing projects in African range States, to discuss the process for revising the African Elephant Action Plan and to conduct elections for the new Steering Committee among other things. Read More

The Steering Committee approved seventeen (17) projects to be implemented in the thirteen (13) African range States i.e. Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Benin, Niger, Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria and Togo and one for International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for a total amount of 1,342,941 United States Dollars.

Road map towards the implementation of African Elephant Action Plan

During the 10th AEFSC meeting, the Steering Committee approved seventeen projects to implement the African Elephant Action Plan in Central, East, Southern and West Africa. These projects includes:

Central Africa:

1. Cameroon- Appui à l'application de la loi et à la Protection des Éléphants d'Afrique dans le Complexe de Conservation du Dja, Cameroun / Support of Law Renforcement and the Protection of African Elephants at the Dja Conservation Complex.

East Africa:

2. Kenya- Enhancing Prosecution of Elephant Poachers Through Training, Ivory stockpile Genotyping and Construction of African Elephant DNA Library.

3. Kenya- Amboseli –West Kilimanjaro – Magadi Ecosystem Aerial Mammal Count.

4. Kenya- Developing Drought Mitigation Measures for Elephants in Tsavo by Understanding Long-Term Elephant Distribution and Mortality Patterns in Relation to NDVI, Rainfall and Waterholes.

5. Uganda- Human-Elephant Conflict Reduction in Murchison Falls.

6. Uganda- Establishment of an Efficient, Effective and Reliable Communications Network to Support Wildlife Law Enforcement Operations throughout Queen Elizabeth Protected Area, Uganda.

7. Rwanda- Elephant Collaring for Their Security and Fence Integrity to Reduce Human/Wildlife Conflicts in Akagera National Park, Rwanda.

Southern Africa:

8. Malawi- Combating Illegal Killing of Elephants and Trafficking of Ivory.

9. Malawi- Mitigation of HEC and Addressing Deforestation and Forest Degradation Through Income Generating Activities with Communities.

10. Zimbabawe- Habitat Use by African Elephants in the Zambezi Valley, Zimbabwe: An Inquiry into the Effectiveness of Corridors and the Suitability of the Environment to Sustain the Species.

West Africa:

11. Burkina Faso, Benin, Niger and Togo- Sensibilisation et Renforcement des Capacités des Corps de Contrôle Pour la Lutte Contre le Trafic Illicite de l’ivoire au Bénin, Burkina Faso, Niger et au Togo/ Raising Awareness and Capacity Building of the Control Corps for the Fight Against Illegal Trafficking of Ivory in Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger and Togo.

12. Ghana- Elephant Culture: Melding Science and Traditional Knowledge about Elephant Culture and Social Complexity to Increase Positive Conservation Outcomes for Elephants in West Africa.

13. Guinea- Improving the Protection of Forest Elephants (Loxodonta africana cyclotis) and Reducing Human-Elephant Conflicts at Ziama Forest and Ziama-Wenegesi Corridor in Southeastern Guinea, West Africa.

14. Nigeria- Supporting SMART-based Ranger Patrols at Yankari Game Reserve to Strengthen Law Enforcement and Reduce Elephant Poaching.

15. Nigeria- Improving Law Enforcement and Reducing Elephant Poaching in the Oban Division of Cross River National Park through SMART.

16. Togo- Appui à l’intégration des Communautés Locales dans la Gestion des Eléphants du Parc National Fazao-Malfakassa/ Supporting the Integration of Local Communities into the Management of Elephants in Fazao-Malfakassa National Park.

All Regions:

17. All regions- Preparing Technical Inputs for Updating the African Elephant Action Plan.

The African Elephant Fund Steering Committee Members

During the 10th AEFSC meeting, the Steering Committee members conducted elections for the new Steering Committee members for the year 2018 to 2020. The new Chair for the Steering Committee is from Ghana and the Vice-Chair is from Niger. West Africa region is represented by Ghana and Niger. Eastern Africa region is represented by Kenya and Uganda. Southern Africa region is represented by South Africa and Namibia. Central Africa region is represented by Gabon and Chad. The donors are represented by Belgium, the European Commission and France. The ex-officio members are represented by United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora - Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants Programme (CITES-MIKE) secretariat and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) secretariat. Read more

Highlights of the milestones achieved in the implementation of the African Elephant Action Plan

The African Elephant Fund Projects

Since its inception in 2010, the African Elephant Fund has successfully implemented thirty-nine projects in the African elephant Range States that are working to protect and conserve African elephants currently facing threats of illegal killing for ivory and other products, human-elephant conflict, local overabundance and loss and fragmentation of habitat. Read More

The Amazing World of Elephants documentary from the AEF project in Ghana entitled: Elephant Conservation Through Law Enforcement And Stakeholder Engagement In Mole National Park And Its Corridors.

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals endorsed the African Elephant Action Plan

Side Event: Safeguarding Africa’s Elephant for Future Generations CMS COP12 - 25 October 2017 Manila, Philippines. Participants representing CMS Secretariat, African Elephant Range States, CITES Secretariat and UN Environment| © African Elephant Fund

The Twelfth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP12) held in Manila, the Philippines, from 23 to 28 October 2017 endorsed the African Elephant Action Plan as the principal strategy for elephant conservation through CMS Resolution 12.19. Read More

Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedures

At the 10th AEFSC meeting, the Steering Committee established a task team to revise the selection criteria of the project proposals, project and budget templates and principles and guidelines for scoring projects as well as the terms of reference and the rules of procedures for the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee agreed that the task team shall produce the results in time for the 70th meeting of CITES Standing Committee in Sochi, Russia in October 2018.

Funding status

In 2017, the African Elephant Fund was privileged to received 1,000,000 Euros from the European Commission, 50,000 Euros from Belgium, 515,000 Euros from Germany and 120, 000 Euros from the Netherlands. These funding have boosted implementation of the African Elephant Action Plan by funding projects in African elephant Range States. Read More

In the year 2018, the African Elephant Fund has received pledges from its donor States. The pledges were made from the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany. The African Elephant Fund would like to appreciate and thank the Governments of Belgium, China, France, Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, South Africa and the European Commission for contributing the needed financial resources towards implementation of the African Elephant Action Plan. The African Elephant Fund appeals to more Parties, donors, inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, private sector and philanthropists to support the implementation of the African Elephant Action Plan by contributing to the Fund.

The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views, policies or official opinion of the African Elephant Range States, Donor States, UN Environment or contributing organizations. For more information on the African Elephant Fund please contact us on email: africanelephantfund@unep.org .

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