The African Elephant Fund is working to ensure a secure future for African elephants and their habitats.
Elephants are vital to our ecosystem. Yet the population of elephants is steadily dwindling, by almost 8 per cent every year. We must step up efforts to manage and protect our biodiversity, including the African elephant.
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.Educational Awareness documentary entitled:The Amazing World of Elephants. The d ..
Photo: 3 March 2018- Kasane, Botswana- African Elephant Fund Steering Commitee (AEFSC) members at the 10th AEFSC meeting held at Travel Lodge. Top row from left: Jiri Hlavacek, Aurelie Flore Koumba Pambo, Maartje Langeveld, Sandrine Maury, Cyril Taolo, Abednico Macheme, Mrigesh Kshatriya and Mpho Tjiane. Bottom row from left: Malepo Phosoko, Ntwanano Masingi, Rudolf Specht, Thea Caroll, Patrick Omondi, Miet Van Looy, Mamadou Kane, Nana Kofi Adu-Nsiah, Kumara Wakjira Gemeda, Boitshepho Chube and Dorris Chepkoech
The 10th African Elephant Fund Steering Committee (AEFSC) meeting was held in Kasane, Botswana from the 1-3 March 2018 and hosted by the Government of Botswana.
The meeting was presided by AEFSC Chair, Kenya and all members of the Steering Committee. The Eastern Africa region was represented by Kenya and Ethiopia; Central African region was represented by Gabon; Southern African region was represented by Botswana and South Africa and West African region was represented by Ghana. The donors were represented by Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Ex-officio members were represented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)- Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) Secretariat. The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) Secretariat and France participated in the the meeting as observers.
The main agenda for the meeting was to review and assess thirty-one (31) project proposals that were submitted between 2 October 2017 to 31 December 2017. The Steering Committee members also met to review the implementation of the ongoing projects in African range States, to discuss funding mechanism for future Steering Committee meetings, to discuss the process for revising the African Elephant Action Plan, to discuss roles and functions of the Steering Committee, to discuss resource mobilization strategy for the fund, to discuss post project implementation strategies and to conduct elections for the new Steering Committee members.
The Steering Committee approved 17 projects in 13 African range States i.e. Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Benin, Niger, Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria and Togo and one project for IUCN for a total amount of 1,342,941 US Dollars.
The Steering Committee received new pledges from donors for the year 2018. Pledges were made from Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Germany.
The Steering Committee conducted elections for the new Steering Committee bureau. The new Chair for the Steering Committee is Nana Kofi Adu-Nsiah from Ghana and Vice-Chair is from Niger. West Africa region are represented by Ghana and Niger. Eastern Africa region are represented by Kenya and Uganda. Southern Africa region are represented by South Africa and Namibia. Central Africa region are represented by Gabon and Chad. The donors are represented by Belgium, the European Commission and France. The ex-officio members are represented by UN Environment, CITES-MIKE Secretariat and CMS Secretariat.
The 11th African Elephant Fund Steering Committee was proposed to be held in Ghana.
Below are the project proposals that were approved by the Steering Committee;
Please access the minutes for the meeting here