Published on 26 April 2023 / Environment
EPI Foundation: an event on the protection of elephants in the Congo Basin
Herd of elephants in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park, located in the northwest of the Republic of Congo, Guenter Guni Photography, iStock.
The conservation of the Congo forest is of growing international importance. It is the last bastion of the critically endangered forest elephant. Their population has declined by more than 86% in 31 years due in part to poaching and loss of habitat. Population growth is bringing humans and elephants closer together, with consequences for their respective lifestyles: destruction of natural elephant habitats, destruction of human crops, damage to property and loss of life.
How can we protect these elephants and their vital habitat?
The answers will be provided during the high-level discussion moderated by Ulysse Korogone, Assistant Director of State Engagement at EPI Foundation, bringing together the following high representatives: Ms. Rosalie Matondo, Minister of Forest Economy, Republic of the Congo; Mr. Lee White CBE, Minister of Forests, Oceans, Environment & Climate Change, Republic of Gabon; Lord Zac Goldsmith, Minister for Overseas Territories, Commonwealth, Energy, Climate & Environment, United Kingdom; Yves Milan Ngangay, Director General of ICCN, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Fidel Esono Mba Eyono, Secretary of State for Forests & Environment, Republic of Equatorial Guinea; Cristián Samper, Managing Director & Leader for Nature Solutions, Bezos Earth Fund.
For information, the Brazzaville Foundation worked from 2015 to 2020 in partnership with the NGO Stop Ivory to promote the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on 21 October 2015. Launched by Botswana, Chad, Ethiopia, Gabon, and Tanzania, the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) brings together 21 African states, organisations intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, the private sector, and individuals, working in partnership to protect Africa's elephants, ending poaching and the illegal ivory trade. The Foundation was instrumental in getting the Republic of the Congo to join this project.