African conservationists sound alarm overrise in human-elephant strife

17Nov 2020
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
African conservationists sound alarm overrise in human-elephant strife

​​​​​​​SUB-Saharan African countries should invest in innovative wildlife conservation models to stem the escalating human-elephant conflicts driven by competition for space, campaigners have suggested.

Chief executive officer of Elephant Protective Initiative (EPI) Foundation John Scanlon said that urbanisation, shrinking habitat and climatic shocks were behind the spike in violent encounters between African communities and the iconic mammal.

“People and elephants are increasingly competing for land and dwindling natural resources,” Scanlon said in a statement.

“In recent years we have witnessed a dramatic increase in human-elephant conflict across the continent. If these conflicts cannot be satisfactorily resolved, the long-term prospects for elephants are bleak,” he added.

Scanlon said that Africa’s elephant population estimated at 400,000 is currently grappling with an existential threat to survival linked to poaching, human encroachment on their habitat, pandemics and climatic stresses.

He said that conservationists have rallied governments, industry and civil society to share knowledge, experience and technologies required to mitigate conflicts between communities and the giant land mammal.

The EPI Foundation in its recently launched Vision 2030 call upon African elephant range states to promote harmonious coexistence between communities and the iconic species. Read More...