One park has too many elephants for its ecosystem to handle. Another has virtually no elephants, which is actually detrimental to all the other flora and fauna species there. Solution? Move 200 elephants from the one with too many to the one with too few.
But the parks are 1,000 miles apart, and moving giants like these is a lot harder than it sounds.
Welcome to Moving Giants, a public-private-civil-society partnership that is trying to save ecosystems in two African countries, one in South Africa (the one with too many) and one in Mozambique (the one with too few).
The partnership — comprising De Beers Group (the private-sector partner, which owns Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve in South Africa); the Mozambique government's conservation authority, ANAC (the public-sector partner, which manages Zinave National Park); and Peace Parks Foundation (the civil-society partner, which was co-founded by Nelson Mandela and which co-manages Zinave — is conservation in action. If redistributing elephant populations — from countries that have too many to countries that have too few — can work at scale, then that could be a game-changing solution to UN Sustainable Development Goal 15, "Life on Land."
The partnership itself, meanwhile, is emblematic of UN SDG 17, "Partnerships," which specifically urges the formation of public-private-civil-society partnerships to take on the world's most pressing problems.
To learn more about this process, watch Episode 7, the finale of our Moving Giants video series. (To see all the videos, visit here.)