Virtual Meeting: Developing SOP for mitigating Human-Elephant Conflict, July 16

16 Jul, 2020

The Indo-German Project “Human Wildlife Conflict Mitigation (HWC)” in India organised an online meeting for the authors of Guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for mitigating human-elephant conflict for further development of the document from 16th July 2020.

Dr Neeraj Khera, Team Leader HWC Project, shared the overall concept and approach being used to develop the guidelines. Mr Ajay Desai, Wildlife Expert, shared the overview of the updated Elephant guidelines and SOP with the group and received inputs from different experts from Forest Department, Retired Forest officials, Wildlife, Disaster Management such as Mr. Akash Verma, DFO Haridwar, Uttarakhand Forest Department; Dr Aditi Sharma, Senior Veterinary Officer, Rajaji Tiger Reserve; Mr. R. K. Srivastava IFS (Retd); Dr.Bivash Pandav, Wildlife Institute of India.


About the project

The Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation (HWC) project implemented by GIZ in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change aims at providing technical support at the national level, and effective implementation of HWC mitigation measures in selected states of India. The project pilot sites are: Haridwar Forest Division and adjoining landscape including Rajaji Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand, Gorumara Wildlife Division in West Bengal, and Kodagu Forest Circle in Karnataka.

The main objective of the project is that the rural population in project areas, where agreed guidelines and tools are applied to mitigate human-wildlife conflict, is better protected against it. The project takes the approach of harmonious coexistence, by ensuring that both—human and wildlife—are protected from conflict. Read More

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