In India, nearly 15,000 elephants (~50% of its population) live outside protected areas in and around densely populated (up-to 400 people/sq. km) agro-pastoral landscapes, around villages. Loss of elephant habitat overtime, change in land-use and archaic farming practices have all resulted in increased human-elephant conflict (HEC). This project is a long-term approach (3 year plan, 2016-2019) to protecting elephants and improving people’s livelihoods (safety and food security) through community empowerment and reduction in poaching and HEC. Our main target groups are the elephants and villages affected by conflict and we plan to create elephant-friendly villages through monitoring and awareness. This project has been initiated under the "Frontier Elephant Program", a multi-institution effort to address elephant conservation in human dominated landscapes.
a. Improving the lives of people in villages affected by human-elephant conflict, through real-time monitoring of elephants using camera traps and early warning systems
b. Promoting lifestyles among villagers that are compatible with elephant use of the region, in order to prevent fatalities on both sides