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The ECF has supported more than 184 projects committed to stopping poaching, thwarting traffickers and ending the demand for ivory. We fund any organization doing good work on elephant protection in priority areas, enabling institutions large and small, international and local, to have access to funding to address the elephant crisis.

For further details on ECF's projects, please read the 2016 ECF Year End Report Investments Appendix.

Poaching networks are constantly looking for new elephant populations to target for their ivory, and conservation partners across Africa struggle to outpace these criminals. The Elephant Crisis Fund (ECF) support has expanded their anti-poaching efforts. The ECF supports “boots on the ground” and “eyes in the sky” projects to keep elephants safe—and has accelerated investment in emergency responses, intelligence-led anti-poaching patrols, and new approaches to satellite tracking of elephant movements for greater security. The ECF has supported 76 anti poaching projects and another 12 projects that cover both anti-poaching and anti-trafficking activities. Below are examples of three different anti-poaching projects we have supported. 

Much anti-trafficking work is carried out in the shadows as it involves deep investigations and undercover work with dangerous criminal networks. To end the ivory crisis, traffickers must be found, arrested, and successfully prosecuted so that criminal networks reject ivory as being more risk than reward. The Elephant Crisis Fund has made dealing with ivory trafficking a priority area —supporting trusted law enforcement units across Africa to find, arrest and prosecute traffickers, helping local partners to develop courtroom monitoring programs, and supporting cross-border intelligence sharing and operations. Below, we share three of the 70 projects we’ve funded so far.

Demand reduction
The ECF makes investments to reduce public demand for ivory and curtail its availability by working with national governments end the ivory trade. The ECF also works with leading ivory experts to investigate the growth of illegal ivory trade markets in Asia and invests in mass media campaigns to educate the public about the negative consequences of buying ivory and shift opinion towards eliminating the ivory trade. The ECF has funded 27 demand reduction projects and examples of two of these are given below.