African Wildlife Conservation Strategy
An EU response to the African Wildlife Crisis
DG INTPA has developed a holistic strategy to plan its activities in support of African wildlife conservation. "Larger than Elephants: inputs for an EU strategic approach to wildlife conservation in Africa" (synthesis and regional analysis publications) was produced in 2015/2016. This technical document forms the basis of the EU activities in the area for the following 10 years. It details priorities in the following domains: site protection of 80 Key Landscapes for Conservation, local development projects in periphery, law enforcement and capacity-building of national services, fight against illegal trafficking. An update to Larger than Elephants is currently being prepared (2022).
The strategic approach is primarily targeted at the conservation of large functioning ecosystems or landscapes supporting key African wildlife populations. It contributes to wider goals of biodiversity conservation by, for example, protecting many small areas of outstanding importance to particular threatened taxa where those small areas fall within larger conservation landscapes. A secondary tactic supporting wider biodiversity goals is to make conservation funds available to agencies and projects protecting small important sites that cannot be contained in the large key landscapes identified.
The Strategic Approach to Wildlife Conservation in Africa is presented in six volumes as follows:
- Volume 00: Synthesis (published November 2015)
- Regional Analysis: Cover, Foreword, Contributors, Contents (published, including volumes below, May 2016)
- Volume 1: Regional Analysis: Southern Africa
- Volume 2: Regional Analysis: Eastern Africa
- Volume 3: Regional Analysis: Central Africa
- Volume 4: Regional Analysis: West Africa
- Volume 5: Regional Analysis: Additional Sections – Elephants, Rhinos, Wildlife Illegal Trade, Birds
The complete Regional Analysis (volumes 00-5) PDF (50MB) is also available.
A French-language version is also available.