Using the knowledge gained during the research phase, our team focused on outreach activities including consultation workshops and disseminating information to groups within the elephant range. The aim of these outreach activities was to build consensus within Mali on the need to secure the future for the elephants and to provide the information needed to reach that consensus.
We continue to work directly with several key stakeholder groups:
- National and regional decision-makers
- Projects and programmes (government, bilateral, NGO) working in the Gourma;
- Local communities and their representatives, including school children and teachers; and
- Tourism operators, guides, tourists and visitors.
Specific outreach and communications tools have been developed collaboratively through our partnership with the Malian Association for the Conservation of Wildlife and the Environment (Association Malienne pour la Conservation de la Faune et de l’Environnement, AMCFE):
- General information brochure, used for all educated individuals, including civil servants, project workers and tourists and tourism operators.
- Tourist “Code of Conduct” brochure
- Local community brochures, in four languages. See the Dogon and English brochures.
- Environmental Education materials for schools – the first of its kind in Mali – include a teachers guide in French plus 5 posters, all laminated for durable use (see below).