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In December 2015 I was invited to a private dinner with HRH Prince William by my friend Stephen Stone.  Steven is the kind of guy who behind the scenes puts a lot of things together without people knowing.  The dinner was hosted by Dr. Thomas Kaplan, organized by Stop Ivory, and Ian Craig and Alexander Rhodes (CEO) has played a pivotal role in making the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) possible.

Stop Ivory is an independent non-government organization, which aims to protect elephants and stop the ivory trade by implementing the Elephant Protection Initiative. Stop Ivory is without doubt hugely effective in advocating and delivering change, at a time when the killing rate for Elephants has never been so high. 100 Elephants are being killed each and every day.

The Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) is a global initiative launched by Botswana, Chad, Ethiopia, Gabon and Tanzania which brings African Elephant range States, non-range States, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), non-governmental organizations  (NGOs), Private Sector and Private Citizens together to work in partnership to protect elephants and stop the illegal ivory trade.

Signatories are countries (both range and non-range States), which have committed to meet the aims of the EPI.  Through the EPI, all signatory countries commit to close domestic ivory markets, observe a moratorium on any consideration of future international trade for a minimum of 10 years and thereafter until African elephant populations are no longer threatened; and agree to put all stockpiles of ivory beyond economic use.

Partners include IGOs, NGOs and Private Sector Companies, which are committed to the aims of the EPI. All EPI Members commit to work to achieve the aims of the EPI and to join the political global leadership to protect elephants and stop the illegal ivory trade.

You can see more on the work of Stop Ivory here: www.stopivory.org/