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.)Promote elephant conservation successes, initiatives and activities of EMA member Elephant Managers/Teams and EMA-sponsored range country projects. Share with the EMA membership via EMA publications, EMA social media, EMA website and EMA Conservation Committee informal communications.
- a. Publish elephant conservation articles in every issue of JEMA and GRAY MATTERS.
- b. Publish elephant conservation articles in the professional journals of other professional organizations, such as AAZK and AZAD. Board of Directors CC Liaison must approve articles, and be kept in the loop on organization(s) identified for publishing in their journals.
- c. Establish and maintain a central repository for EMA CC approved conservation information to enable easy access by EMA members. This “repository” for EMA Conservation Committee digitally formatted information will reside in the forthcoming EMA Digital Library.
- d. Encourage EMA members to volunteer their time and effort in support of the CC. Help the EMA attract new members through CC articles, initiatives and opportunities to participate in elephant conservation activities. Provide a document template and editing feedback for authors.
2.)Become the Elephant Conservation “go to” Resource EMA members contact for information
- a. Engage in two-way information exchanges with EMA stakeholders to catalog ex-situ and in-situ elephant conservation successes, activities and current events
- b. Provide elephant conservation content to EMA Committees to support their goals and activities
- c. Highlight range country conservation successes, initiatives and current events of interest to EMA members.
- d. Connect EMA members to range country elephant conservation organizations and individuals engaged in work of interest to EMA members
- e. Coach interested EMA members on Elephant Conservation matters
3.)Strengthen EMA approved partnerships with field conservation organizations (e.g., Elephants for Africa, FOKMAS) based on availability of funding. Share conservation successes, activities and initiatives with the EMA membership via EMA publications (2x/year), EMA social media, EMA website and EMA Conservation Committee informal communications.
- a. Communicate frequently with conservations partners to understand and help highlight their challenges, successes and activities. Provide membership with feedback on the progress from the EMA’s support.
- b. Identify additional (non-funding) ways to help support their missions, to include EMA members’ virtual support to conservation activities, such as analyzing camera trap photos and information sharing.
- c. Build on the successes of EMA supported projects to identify additional candidates for support (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).
Disclaimer: The EMA Conservation Committee does not create, endorse or offer opinions on policy; policy is the exclusive purview of the EMA Board of Directors.
If you have questions, please email April at conservationEMA@gmail.com.