PEACE Education Project

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Locale

This North-West area of Namibia is home to a small population of desert-adapted elephants. In the 1980s the population of desert-adapted elephants in the Southern Kunene Region of Damaraland was nearly wiped out through years of poaching and hunting. For years elephants were absent from the southern part of the region.. After decades of hiding in the far northwest due to over-hunting, these unique elephants have returned to their indigenous lands. Today there are a total of 7 known elephant herds in the Ugab and Huab River vicinities. The population of desert-dwelling elephants in the region has grown from as low as 252 members to a current estimated population of 600 elephants.

Situation

In contrast to other areas in Africa, Damaraland is experiencing an increase of wild elephants returning to habitats they have not lived in for decades. Many farmers have lived without the desert elephants and have no knowledge of how to keep safe and secure. Due to fear and misunderstanding, elephants are being harassed, injured or even killed when visiting farmsteads in the area seeking water, and their numbers are again decreasing.

EHRA believes education is an important tool in safeguarding the future and conservation of the desert-dwelling elephants in Namibia. The PEACE education project is a six-year-old community-based project to decrease human-elephant conflict between the people and the extraordinary desert-adapted elephants of the Kunene and the northern Erongo Regions of Namibia. The project aims to protect these desert-dwelling elephants by conquering people’s fears about elephants, shifting attitudes, and gaining empathy so the elephants and people can live amicably together. To date, 640 people have attended these seminars. As the PEACE project receives no funding from the government, it relies solely on donations and grants to continue its mission.

Project

Help us support EHRA’s PEACE Project with much needed resources to expand its mission to reach as many people in the region as possible. Funds go towards fuel, salaries, and participant materials. EHRA’s goal is to hold approximately 24 field seminars throughout the region for up to 20 people each, including a field trip for participants to observe elephants to positively change their attitudes toward elephants.

Organization

Elephant Human Relations Aid is a small, 12- year-old Namibian non-profit organization that runs elephant conservation and volunteer projects in NW Namibia. EHRA aims to find long-term sustainable solutions to the ever-growing problem of facilitating the peaceful co-habitation between subsistence farmers, community members and the desert-adapted elephants. EHRA also enables volunteers to participate in its 2-week program and contribute to elephant conservation through its volunteer project to reduce conflict between elephants and humans.

Program Type

Community/Education

Funding Needed

$10000

Beneficiary

Elephant Human Relations Aid

Location

Kunene Region, Namibia

Contact

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Project Sponsors and Supporters

Elevate Destinations, The Bodhi Tree Foundation

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