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Help resolve conflicts and save desert elephants.

A project from Aktionsgemeinschaft Artenschutz (AGA) e.V.
in Swakopmund, Namibia

Namibia's so-called desert elephants are adapted to the dry climate. There are not even 200 of them left. In their search for water, they destroy wells, among other things. Such human-wildlife conflicts must be resolved to protect the elephants.

B. Braun
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About this project

This initiative exists to support the Namibian NGO EHRA (Elephant-Human Relations Aid) which is a project partner of AGA. AGA and EHRA work to provide long-term solution to the ever-increasing conflicts between people and desert elephants in rural northwest Namibia. The desert elephants live adapted to the desert environment. As a keystone species, their presence in the desert secures the survival of other smaller species. In the early 19th century, over 3500 desert elephants roamed the vast and rugged areas of Namibia’s extreme northwest. Today, mostly due to human activities, that number got reduced to under 200 desert elephants.  
 
Long-lasting droughts drive not only humans but also the endangered elephants to despair. Human-wildlife conflicts are constant. In their search for water, the elephants repeatedly destroy water points, wells and pipelines in order to meet their water needs of about 200 litres per elephant per day. In this way, they threaten the survival of entire villages.  
 
AGA works together with EHRA to find solutions to these conflicts so that the threatened desert elephants are no longer shot as problem animals. EHRA offers practical solutions, such as protective walls built around wells and water tanks. The conflict resolution measures are complemented by targeted environmental education and capacity building workshops. To promote peaceful coexistence between humans and elephants, an elephant education centre is also being built with the support of AGA. EHRA is also researching the migration routes of the desert elephants so that protection measures can be further expanded. For this purpose, individual animals are fitted with a GPS transmitter collar, which provides valuable research data. The more is known about these special elephants, the better they can be protected. 
 
EHRA has been working to protect desert-adapted elephants since 2003 through human-elephant conflict mitigation, research and education. Please get more info here: www.ehranamibia.org  
 
The Aktionsgemeinschaft Artenschutz (AGA) e.V. has been supporting the conservation of endangered animal and plant species and their habitats for over 30 years and is recognised as a non-profit nature and species conservation organisation. In addition, the AGA is a signatory of the Transparent Civil Society Initiative and thus stands for transparent and responsible handling of donations. Further information at www.aga-artenschutz.de

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