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Empowering communities to coexist with elephants

by Elephants for Africa
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Empowering communities to coexist with elephants
Empowering communities to coexist with elephants
Empowering communities to coexist with elephants
Empowering communities to coexist with elephants
Empowering communities to coexist with elephants
Empowering communities to coexist with elephants
Empowering communities to coexist with elephants
Empowering communities to coexist with elephants
Empowering communities to coexist with elephants

Summary

Elephants for Africa gives rural villages in Botswana access to information, training and education to enable them to decrease the cost of living alongside elephants and increase opportunities to benefit from wildlife. By engaging and assisting villages bordering protected areas we enable people to live alongside wildlife to ensure a safe and secure future for both elephants and humans. The requested money will fund fuel and vehicle maintenance to access three communities for a year.

$11,520
total goal
$6,197
remaining
34
donors
0
monthly donors
1
fundraiser
9
months

Challenge

Botswana is home to the largest elephant population, an estimated 130,000. In recent times this population has expanded its range, bringing them into contact with villages that lack knowledge of how to live alongside wildlife, having not had to do so. This has led to an escalation in human-elephant conflict and thus an increase in both human and elephant deaths. Our area has the highest number of reported incidence of human-wildlife conflict, especially among subsistence farmers, in Botswana.

Solution

This project addresses the concerns of rural villagers, creating a safer environment for both humans and elephants. Specifically, our objectives are 1) build community support for conservation; 2) improve crop yield and decrease elephant loss; 3) build resistance to elephant damage, and 4) increase economic sustainability. These are achieved through a series of training workshops, environmental education classes and delivery of materials used to deter elephants.

Long-Term Impact

With increased educational activities in the villages (with over 2200 people) we will improve livelihoods, safety and respect for wildlife. To increase financial security in these rural villages we help farmers increase their yield, create alternative income opportunities and help people to benefit from wildlife through employment into the wildlife sector. This will help foster wildlife ambassadors and future conservationists and ensure the safety of villagers and elephants.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.elephantsforafrica.org
Our website
Our facebook page
Farmer Success Story - Youtube
How Easily Elephants Access the Community -Youtube

Organization Information

Elephants for Africa

Location: London - United Kingdom
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @E4Africa
Project Leader:
Kate Evans
London, United Kingdom
$5,323 raised of $11,520 goal
 
37 donations
$6,197 to go
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