Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation Initiatives

Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation Initiatives

Nature Mates had established collaboration with Voice for Asian Elephant Society and is working mostly in the North Bengal landscape to mitigate man elephant conflict. The work has also commenced in the landscape of Southern West Bengal. 2000 torch lights were distributed among villagers of forest fringe villages who live around the prominent and lesser known elephant habitats and corridors in that landscape under “The Co-Existence Project”. Especially when they are having any sort of communication or movement at night, to reduce the chances of encountering an elephant in the darkness; these torch lights are helping them a lot. The areas covered in this project include:

• Indo Nepal Border: Nuxalbari Tea Estate, Panighata Tea Estate, Bakhratvita Village, Darabakash Village
• Gorumara Area: Panijhora Village, Meenglass Tea Estate, Leesh River Tea Estate, Baradighi Tea Estate
• Forest fringe villages of Buxa Tiger Reserve
• Forest fringe villages of Jaldapara National Park
• Villages adjacent to Elephant Migration Corridor in Ranibandh and Jhilimili areas of Bankura District in South Bengal

We are also about to put a step towards working in a solar powered fencing project in some selected villages like Panijhora in the Gorumara Forest Division, to prevent elephant raids during the crop harvest period. This project is all set to run in collaboration with Indian Elephant Foundation and Voice for Asian Elephant Society.

We cordially thank the department of Forest, Government of West Bengal for guiding us consistently to make this initiative a big success.