How to Protect Your Crops from Elephants: Film Release Function and Media Workshop — 22-23 Sept, Dharward & Dandeli
September 22, 2014
September 23, 2014
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Forest Training Institute, Gungargatti, Dharwad (22nd) & Kulgi Nature Camp, Dandeli Sanctuary (23rd Sept)
A lot of research has been carried out on how to mitigate elephant conflict but there is little relief for the farmers and the elephants when it comes to protecting crops and giving safe passage to elephants. In 2009, Wildlife Research and Conservation Society (WRCS) initiated the project, “Conservation of Elephants in North Kanara Landscape” in which the farmers were trained and motivated to participate in community-based conflict management program. The main objective of the project was to introduce and popularise the use of low-cost and indigenous measures for crop protection among the farmers and mitigating elephant conflict with the participation of local communities. WRCS has introduced a number of simple mitigation measures for crop protection in the area. The project has been successful in motivating the farmers in use of low-cost measures for crop protection.
This project, a long-term initiative of WRCS, with the objective of conserving elephants in North Kanara landscape was initiated in 2009 in Haliyal and Yellapur Division with the support of CEPF- ATREE Western Ghats Program and is subsequently being supported by the Asian Elephant Conservation Fund (AECF), USFWS.
WRCS has printed a handy guide in the form of a flip chart to illustrate various mitigation measures and a 23-minute Kannada film based on success stories of local farmers. The objective of this outreach material is that of taking the concept and methods of Community-based Conflict Management (CBCM) to the farmers in a simple, engaging and effective manner.
The media is an important stakeholder and plays a vital role in conservation issues. The purpose of this workshop is to share with the media the work that has been achieved on field, the learning’s and the way forward. We have arranged the workshop at two different locations to facilitate participation from different areas. Please find the details of the workshop below:
WRCS is hopeful that the CBCM initiative will help in easing the farmer’s difficulties and securing Asian elephant’s future in the North Kanara landscape.
Dr. Prachi Mehta, Mr. Jayant Kulkarni, Mr. Peeyush Sekhsaria