Recruitment: Liuwa Plain National Park is bidding farewell to Park Manager Robert Reid and Special Projects Manager Eva Meurs, both who will be remaining with African Parks but Rob is transferring to Siniaka Minia in Chad to take up the position of Field Operations Manager, and Eva will take on Special Projects Manager for Zakouma National Park. We are pleased to welcome Deon Joubert as Liuwa Plain’s succeeding Park Manager, and the hand-over process will take place over July. Samuel Diboma will also be joining us as the Regional Financial Controller for Central Africa.
McKinsey Review: We have enjoyed the pro-bono services of McKinsey Consulting who has been assisting African Parks with a strategic review. This involved a review of African Parks’ progress to date, an assessment of the broader conservation landscape in Africa, and the formulation of our strategic options going forward. Participation in the review by key stakeholders (governments, funders, Board members and staff) has been extensive. The review forms the basis of a joint Board meeting of the three African Parks Boards held in July.
Communications: Updates were made to the http://www.500elephants.org microsite in June in preparation for the final phase of the elephant translocation. CNN was on the ground for the first week of the translocation in Liwonde National Park, promoting our work through exclusive coverage across its platforms. The full article including video and a virtual reality film, which have seen over 500,000 views, can be accessed here. An on-site event was hosted in Liwonde on June 26th for 16 members of the Malawian press, helping to generate local and national coverage of the translocation. Park Operations Director for Garamba, Erik Mararv, was in Hong Kong in early June representing African Parks and collaborating with WWF Hong Kong and Save the Elephants to deliver a testimony on the deadly impact of the ivory trade. The testimony was part of an event to urge lawmakers in Hong Kong to ban the legal ivory trade as soon as possible. The testimony, which drew wide international coverage, can be viewed here.