Chairperson: April Yoder
Members: Sharon Glaeser, Dave McDougall, Heidi Riddle, Shawn Finnell, Kim Klein-McKnuckles, Elizabeth Dolan
EMA Conservation Committee (CC) Vision
Elephant Professionals United for Elephant Conservation
EMA CC Mission
The EMA Conservation Committee is charged with helping the EMA achieve its elephant conservation goals. We accomplish our mission by applying our ex-situ conservation expertise, informed by our deep understanding of in-situ conservation issues, to provide our members with current information and best practices, provide content for materials to educate the public, and provide impactful partial support to established range country projects.
1. Deliver relevant ex-situ and in-situ conservation information to EMA members via EMA publications, social media and website.
A. Publish conservation articles in every issue of JEMA and GRAY MATTERS.
B. Highlight EMA ex-situ successes.
C. Highlight EMA in-situ (Elephants for Africa & FOKMAS projects) successes.
D. Partner with at least one professional organization, such as AAZK and AZAD, to publish elephant conservation articles in their respective professional journals. Board of Directors CC Liaison must approve articles, and be kept in the loop on which organization(s).
E. Use EMA Website, EMA CC Tab, as a central repository for EMA CC conservation materials to enable easy access by EMA members.
F. Partner with AZA (TAG), IEF and AES to ensure EMA CC messaging is consistent with these organizations’ messaging. BOD must approve EMA message points/thoughts prior to collaboration with other organizations.
2. Identify and partner with at least one EMA Elephant Mgr/Team as a prototype for (1) collecting ex-situ conservation successes from the Team for delivery to EMA members, and (2) delivering both ex-situ and in-situ conservation information to the Team for use in their conservation messaging.
A. Recognizes Elephant Managers/Teams as the focal point for elephant conservation at their respective organizations, and therefore, are the CC’s primary customers.
B. Develop business rules for collecting and sharing ex-situ conservation successes.
C. Develop business rules for delivering both in-situ and ex-situ conservation information to Elephant Managers/Teams.
D. Encourage EMA members to volunteer their time and effort in support of the CC. Help the EMA attract new members through CC articles, messaging and opportunities to participate in elephant conservation activities.
3. Partner with EMA Education Committee Chair to deliver conservation content for integration into EMA education materials.
A. Leverages Education Committee expertise. Develop business rules for providing conservation content to the Education Committee for packaging and delivery to EMA members. The CC will work with the Education Committee Chair. The CC will provide conservation topics/messages they would like to encourage the education committee to develop for educational packaging and delivery to EMA members.
4. Strengthen partnerships with Elephants for Africa and FOKMAS. Publish articles about FOKMAS and EFA no less than 2x year.
A. Communicate more frequently with Elephants for Africa and FOKMAS to gain a better understanding of their challenges and successes for the purpose of identifying additional (non-funding) ways to help support their missions.
5. Identify at least one potential in-situ project that meets EMA BOD guidance for EMA support. Actual support will depend upon BOD approval and availability of funding.
A. Builds on Elephants for Africa and FOKMAS successes. Actual support will depend upon BOD approval and availability of funding.
B. Applies BOD Guidance for identifying candidates for a potential new project, i.e., apply our limited resources to established, proven projects that will benefit from our unique expertise, modest funding capabilities, and partial support to their missions.
If you have questions, please email April at conservationEMA@gmail.com.