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ABCG & Empowering Communities to Conserve the Mali Elephants in Times of War and Peace

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Please join the WILD Foundation and ABCG for a brown bag presentation: Empowering Communities to Conserve the Mali Elephants in Times of War and Peace featuring:Dr. Susan Canney, Director, Mali Elephant Project at The WILD Foundation
When Jan 30, 2014
from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Where Where World Wildlife Fund 1250 24th Street NW Conference room 2004A Washington, DC 20037
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Contact Phone 202-560-2040
Attendees Canney, Susan
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About the presentation:
Africa's northern-most elephant herd of 500-plus elephants migrates 600 kilometers or so from Mali to Burkina Faso and back each year. Drought, land degradation, and increasing human pressure endanger this last herd of the Sahel. The WILD Foundation's Mali Elephant Project (MEP) has persistently secured increasing portions of the Gourma habitat in Mali by working with local communities to establish natural resource management systems that protect the elephant migration route and avoid human-wildlife conflict. MEP trains local people in setting up pastoral and sylvo-pastoral reserves, forestry rules and operations, fire-break construction, water management, health and hygiene, and much more. MEP also fosters the inclusion of local people in decision-making and government agencies. The iconic Mali elephant population has been so far kept mostly safe throughout the recent political coup, lawlessness and conflict in Mali because of MEP efforts to empower local communities to take protective measures. MEP countered efforts by armed groups aspiring to recruit local people into the conflict because of the trust engendered by the success of the project's ongoing work with their communities. By taking an integrated view of the problem in context, the project worked with the local stakeholders to shift the system of land use to one that supports elephant conservation by first establishing a shared vision.


About the Speaker:
Dr. Susan Canney is the Director of the Mali Elephant Project at The WILD Foundation. She has worked in science, conservation and policy for 30 years including a variety of nature conservation projects in Africa, Asia and Europe, and as a policy research officer for the UK government's then independent advisor on sustainable development. She teaches at the University of Oxford and for the Green Economics Institute and has co-authored a book on "Conservation" for Cambridge University Press, published in 2013.

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Topic: Empowering Communities to Conserve the Mali Elephants in Times of War and Peace
Date: Monday, December 9, 2013
Time: 12:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
Meeting Number: 764 519 783
Meeting Password: WILDelephant

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