Reiterating Coexistence: Another Interstate Workshop on Elephant Conflict Management

The Community-based Management of Elephant Conflict (CBCM) model is gaining importance, and after multiple requests from various people WRCS held another workshop in Kulgi Nature Camp of Kali Tiger Reserve, Karnataka. The workshop was organized in 4 batches starting from 5th August to 13th August 2016. This year, workshop participants comprised of forest staff and officers from five states, as well as researchers, NGOs, journalists, and farmers from across India. On behalf of WRCS, Dr. Prachi Mehta, Mr. Ravi Yellapur, and Mr. Peeyush Sekhsaria were present for the workshop. Day one was full of interesting insights and discussions on human-elephant interactions, crop protection, and respective experiences. On day two, participants visited farmers in different villages, where villagers have formed crop protection committees. Here various methods of crop protection were demonstrated by farmers themselves and field staff, and participants received hands-on training. The participants also met the Gadgera SHG (See our AIRAVAT story: http://wrcsindia.org/?q=event/people-elephants-story-airavat) and many of them also purchased key-chains and hangings from them. After this, participants visited Phansoli Elephant camp, where they were demonstrated how elephant dung paper can be made by local people to help earn revenue and increase tolerance towards elephants. The last day participants reviewed what was learnt from the workshop, its usefulness to respective participants, and future course of action. WRCS thanks Asian Elephant Conservation Fund (USFWS) for support and Director, Project Elephant, PCCF and CWLW of all the participating states to facilitate the training workshop. We thank CF and Field Director Kali Tiger Reserve, DCF Haliyal, DCF Yellapur, RFO Kulgi, RFO Sambrani and RFO Manchikere for logistics. All participants from the government and civil society are thanked for making this workshop a resounding success.