Ecoexist focusses on the management and reduction of Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) in Africa specifically in the eastern Okavango Panhandle in Botswana.
In order to promote coexistence Bea Bond has partnered with Ecoexist creating a bespoke jewellery collection.
Beyond the borders of any protected area elephants move southward and east from seasonal waters in Namibia to the waters of the Okavango Delta. Along the way, they pass through villages and settlements of the Panhandle, using pathways remembered and followed by elephants for generations.
The elephants’ movements coincide with the annual harvest of crops. During this time, for several months each year, people and elephants’ cross paths often, doing their best to stay out of each other’s way. Yet competition does exist for certain resources and conflicts are inevitable. Elephants will raid and trample crops and people will clear land for new farms on or near elephant pathways.
In order to promote coexistence Bea Bond has partnered with Ecoexist creating a bespoke jewellery collection. Founded in 2013 by a multi-disciplinary team, Ecoexist a small not-for-profit NGO in Botswana takes a holistic approach to find practical, affordable, effective and lasting ways for people and elephants to coexist, ultimately, providing a model for conservation.