What We Do
Our Laws and Regulations
In 1997, the Asian Elephant Conservation Act was signed into law in response to the increasing threat to the welfare of the already endangered Asian elephant, to better comply with the Endangered Species Act, and to fulfill the United States’ responsibility as a member of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The Act provides for the conservation of wild Asian elephants by supporting conservation programs in countries within the range of Asian elephants, and the projects of individuals with demonstrated expertise in the conservation of wild Asian elephants. The goal of this program is to reduce threats to Asian elephants in their natural habitats.
Through the Asian Elephant Conservation Fund, we provide strategic financial and technical support to projects that deliver measurable conservation results for wild Asian elephants and their habitats. We publish strategic geographical and thematic priorities and application guidelines in a Notice of Funding Opportunity, and evaluate all proposals through a rigorous and competitive evaluation process. Once project support is confirmed, we engage in a partnership with the grantee, providing technical support as needed, communicating on a regular basis, and playing an active role in monitoring and evaluating the project's success. This helps ensure that our limited funding is effective and enables us to increase the impact of the Asian Elephant Conservation Fund through adaptive management.
These documents provide summaries of projects supported by the Asian Elephant Conservation Fund from 1999 to present.