Transferring the CBCM technology: A Workshop in Belgaum and Kolhapur Districts

Simple Measures to deal with Human-Elephant Conflict : A workshop in Belgaum and Kolhapur district

From 6th December to 11th December 2015, WRCS conducted a one week demonstration cum training session on Community-based Management of Elephant Conflict (CBCM) in Belgaum District in Karnataka and Kolhapur district in Maharashtra . In both the districts, over 150 participants comprising of farmers, VFC presidents ,forest guards, foresters, ACFS and DCFs of the concerned divisions attended the programs. WRCS Program Officer, Mr. Ravi Bandekar demonstrated the techniques of crop protection and also screened the short videos of different methods in the meeting. During each training, the participants were encouraged to try out the methods. This instilled confidence in people about training. In Belgaum district the training was done in Khanapur, Kankumbhi, Nagargalli, Golialli, the farmers and the field staff responded enthusiastically and positively to the training and have already started practicing the measures of crop guarding and installing trip alarms in their farms. In Kolhapur district, the training was carried out in Chandgad and Ajra ranges. The training were attended by a large number of farmers. The farmers are keen to experiment with the crop protection measures but many of them also want the tuskers to be captured as Maharashtra forest Department has made that as a regular policy. Capture of elephant is not a solution to management of conflict. It is important that farmers take responsibility of crop guarding and maintain the code of conduct in and around wildlife areas so accidental encounters reduces. This will save the people from economic losses and save penalizing the elephants.