Forest Elephants Public Awareness Project
With support from the US Fish and Wildlife Service African Elephant Conservation Fund and the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and WCS, INCEF created a series of films to raise awareness of Forest Elephants.
Videos are used as part of grassroots outreach in northern Republic of Congo, around the Sangha Trinational Park and in Cuvette Ouest around Odzala Kokoua National Park to motivate discussion among rural villagers.
The Price of Ivory (Le Prix d'Ivoire), uses interviews with hunters and enforcement officers to reveal the true costs of elephant poaching: most profit goes to ivory buyers and middlemen, while Ba'Aka hunters risk their lives and confiscation of weapons. Viewers also learn that there is no tradition of hunting elephants solely for ivory in Africa, and that foreign demand is destroying a keystone species responsible for forest regeneration, which could instead be used for non-consumptive ecotourism.
Human-Elephant Conflict (Conflit homme-éléphant), contrasts dramatic reenactments of farmers finding trampled and eaten crops with pragmatic approaches to farming in elephant territory.
Rural Congolese audiences watching these films often recognize their neighbors and local authorities, speaking in the national language of Lingala about wildlife issues and decisions that impact their daily lives. The videos are 'local by design,' providing knowledge and testimony to change attitudes and behaviors towards wildlife while offering solutions to the challenges of living with Forest Elephants.
Justice and Conservation, follows a poacher from the time of his arrest through trial and incarceration and what his subsequent imprisonment has meant in terms of his family, his health and his future. The laws governing the protection of elephants and interviews discussing why elephants are a protected species.