Feds Spend $3.8 Million to ‘Decrease Human-Elephant Conflict’

March 18, 2013 - 2:51 PM
African elephants

In this photo taken Friday, June 8, 2012, "sub-adults" African elephants eat hay at their new habitat of the Africam Safari wildlife preserve, near Puebla, Mexico. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

(CNSNews.com) – The Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded $3.8 million in 2011 and 2012 for a “African Elephant Conservation” grant that, in part, aims to “decrease human-elephant conflict.”

The grant award for 2013 is estimated at $1.5 million to continue efforts to protect African elephants and their habitat, according to federalgrantswire.com.

The funds will go to “any African government agency responsible for African elephant conservation and protection and any other organization or individual with demonstrated experience in African elephant conservation,” the grant description states.

The description also notes that no documentation or credentials are required to apply for the grant.

The grant objectives are “to provide financial assistance to support projects that will enhance sustainable conservation programs to ensure effective, long-term conservation of African elephants.”

The projects that promote conservation of the African elephant are listed as: Applied research on elephant populations and their habitat, including surveys and monitoring; Development and execution of elephant conservation management plans; Compliance with applicable treaties and laws that prohibit or regulate the taking or trade of elephants or regulate the use and management of elephant habitat; Conservation education and community outreach; Enhanced protection of at-risk elephant populations; Efforts to decrease human-elephant conflict; Habitat conservation and management; Protected area/reserve management in important elephant range; Strengthening local capacity to implement conservation programs; Transfrontier elephant conservation; and wildlife inspection, law enforcement, and forensics skills.

The grant description also lists the restrictions on use of the funds, including no money going to support countries that have been deemed state sponsors of terror (Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria). Training federal government personnel is also prohibited.

“This program is administered in compliance with the Federal Grants and Cooperative Agreements Act of 1977, as amended,” the grant description states.