Save The Elephants (STE) will work with government authorities and other non-governmental organizations in Kenya, and across countries in Africa and in China through the STE/ Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) Elephant Crisis Fund to contribute to resolving the current ivory crisis that is decimating elephant populations throughout the continent. A three-pronged strategy will be applied:
1) Stop the killing: STE and WCN will facilitate urgent protection of severely threatened elephant populations through expansion of the Elephant Crisis Fund (ECF). Also, along with the local authorities, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), will expand efforts to monitor and protect the elephants of Northern Kenya by increasing the number of collars deployed and the ability to track elephants in the region through use of next-generation technology, rapidly alerting authorities of poaching incidences, and fostering sound wildlife conservation management by the local communities in the area.
2) Stop the trafficking: STE will engage with government authorities to encourage the adoption of domestic ivory sales moratoria and support them in implementing priority actions set forth in the African Elephant Action Plan (AEAP) and pertinent Convention on International trade in Endangered Species (CITES ) of wild flora and fauna resolutions and decisions. STE, along with Stop Ivory and BornFree, will support range states in inventorying and securing government-held ivory stockpiles and urge their destruction to eliminate the risk of these tusks entering the black market.
3) Stop the demand: STE with WildAid, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), and the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) (with support via the ECF), will raise awareness among Chinese citizens including those living in Africa, as China accounts for about 70 percent of the illegal ivory trade, about the impact of the current ivory crisis and the value of living elephants through targeted mass media and social media campaigns. The communications will promote an understanding of the risks and penalties to people involved in trafficking and purchasing ivory. The overall aim is to change perceptions and purchasing practices in order to reduce consumption of and demand for ivory.
|Location||Eastern Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya, Gabon, Central African Republic, West Africa, Southern Africa, Central Africa|