Kaliru — Human-Elephant Conflict in Tamil Nadu

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The word ‘Kaliru’ refers to elephants in Tamil. This film is mainly based on the Human-Elephant conflict. We have shown how humans and elephants affect each other. This is a very serious and sensitive subject. We worship elephants as God every day through ‘Ganesh Ji’ and on the same day in many parts of the country they are abused and chased as troublemakers. Farmers are in the frontline of the conflict, especially with farmlands close to forest boundaries. Poor farmers … Read More

Forging Linkages Across Regions for the Wide-ranging Asian Elephant

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Connectivity across habitats and animal populations is critical to conservation. Connectivity is forged by animal movements – or dispersal – across large heterogeneous landscapes. Connectivity boosts the ability of animals to persist over time, and enhances both immunity and adaptability of animal populations, and helps prevent local extinctions. When local extinctions do occur, connectivity allows animals to recolonise previously occupied but currently empty or depauperate habitats.

Today, habitats are sometimes severely fragmented, and human presence has drastically restricted animal movement. … Read More

How Communities are Evolving to Deal with Human-Elephant Conflict in Northern Chhattisgarh

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The Northern Chhattisgarh landscape is located at the intersection of the Eastern Baghelkhand plateau and the Chhattisgarh plains. The region is drained by the Mahanadi and Son rivers. Geologically, it is composed of lower Gondwana and the eastern extension of the Deccan Peninsula. It is surrounded by the Chhota Nagpur and Hazaribaug plateaus, which are rich in coal deposits. Over this buried ‘black gold’ stand the tropical dry deciduous and mixed forests inhabited by a wide variety of wildlife, including … Read More

Against the Elephant: MoEFCC’s Guidelines for Human-Elephant Conflict Management

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In August 2020, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) released an advisory document titled Best Practices of Human Elephant Conflict Management in India (attached, right). The report, authored by the Project Elephant Division of the MoEFCC and the Elephant Cell of the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, attempts to compile current practises adopted by Forest Departments and other agencies, and is meant to serve as a guide for various Forest Departments working on mitigating the critical issue … Read More