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Human-elephant conflict (HEC) is a term used to describe the difficult, & often violent, situations that can arise when humans and elephants live in close proximity.
In Kanchanaburi Thailand, there is a wildlife Sanctuary called Salakphra - the oldest Sanctuary in the whole country! In the last few years, there have been significant behavioral and geographical changes around the Sanctuary, such as highway expansion, changing elephant foraging range, and the construction of a concrete fence to keep elephants at bay.
As such, there have been increased elephant-car collisions, crop-raiding of farmland, and elephants venturing into villages that previously did not experience many HEC incidents.
These conflicts erode local tolerance of elephants, impact the conservation of this critical keystone species, and severely affect the lives and livelihoods of those living in HEC zones.
We are planning a series of workshops with our collaborators at OurLand Thailand (ourlandthailand.org) and Human Elephant Voices (humanelephantvoices.org).
This series of workshops aims to teach community members how to:
A facilitated discussion with the community members impacted by these changes, that assesses their current needs and perspectives, is a critical and foundational step towards mitigating HEC and achieving human-elephant coexistence in this area.
Long-term coexistence will need a multitude of integrated mitigation strategies, and we see this as an opportunity to support sustainable human-elephant coexistence in these communities.
Our goal for this fundraiser aims to cover the costs of these workshops with any additional funding going to provide seed funding for community-based coexistence projects that may stem from this workshop.
Thank you for your support!
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Cover photo credit: Neil Challis
Elephant crossing sign photo credit: Wan Chai
Video credit: OurLand Thailand