• Eva Gross Consulting - Projects

Selections from my current and past project portfolio

  • Study concerning Human-elephant conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Human-elephant conflict mitigation trainings in Zambia

  • New strategies for a peaceful coexistence with elephants, India

  • Manual on construction and handling of a chilli bomber

    Study concerning Human-elephant conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Study concerning Human-elephant conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Region:
    36 States of Sub-Saharan Africa
    Principal partner:
    German International Development Corporation (GIZ), Eschborn, Germany

    Objective:
    Review and analysis of the current situation of human-elephant conflicts and the mitigation strategies used, including HEC monitoring, technical and financial strategies as well as cultural, social and political dimensions.

    Methods/Activities:
    Desktop study and literature review which relates to the current situation of conflicts between people and elephants in all 36 African elephant range countries and more than 20 qualitative interviews with representatives of different organisations and institutions.
    Human-elephant conflict (HEC) includes crop and property damage and human fatalities on the one hand and retaliation and decreased tolerance on the other hand. It is a complex issue, involving not only behavioural and ecological aspects of a highly intelligent species but also social, cultural, political and economic levels. Strategies on the management of HEC need to take into consideration its complexity on all levels, closely monitor effects and changes and adapt management strategies accordingly.

    Human-elephant conflict mitigation trainings in Zambia

    Human-elephant conflict mitigation trainings in Zambia
    Region:
    Game Management Areas of North Luangwa National Park, Zambia
    Principal partner:

    Objective:
    To support a pilot project by building capacity, gaining community support, and trialling human-wildlife conflict (HWC) mitigation methods effectively before rolling them out to more communities. Focus species is the African elephant (Loxodonta africana ).

    Methods/Activities:
    HWC mitigation consultancy to assess and review requirements regarding the implementation of community-based strategies. Training on human-elephant conflict mitigation techniques, such as community-based guarding, chilli patrols, using chilli bombers, and elephant-safe grain stores. Consultancy on the development of an HWC monitoring scheme as well as on data collection for evaluation of mitigation strategies.  
    Human-elephant conflict mitigation trainings in Zambia
    Human-elephant conflict mitigation trainings in Zambia

    New strategies for a peaceful coexistence with elephants, India

    New strategies for a peaceful coexistence with elephants, India
    Region:
    Golagath, Assam, India
    Principal partner:
    Aaranyak, India

    Objective:
    To test a variety of medicinal and aromatic crops regarding their attractiveness to Asian elephants (Elephas maximus).
    Farmers in the Gologath area, East of Kazirangha National Park, are suffering from frequent and severe crop damage by elephants. Traditional crop protection measures such as guarding and chasing away elephants, but also electrical fences are cost and labour intensive. The staple crop rice and the cash crop sugar cane are highly attractive to elephants, and will not lose their attractiveness through guarding. For this reason, the cultivation of crops, which are less attractive or even unpalatable to elephants, might offer an economically viable alternative. To accomplish this, we are exposing five different medicinal and aromatic crop types to large groups of wild elephants over a three year timeframe.

    Methods/Activities:
    Scientific and technical advice on experimental design, data collection and analysis.
    New strategies for a peaceful coexistence with elephants, India
    New strategies for a peaceful coexistence with elephants, India

    Development of a manual on construction and handling of a chilli bomber

    Development of a manual on construction and handling of a chilli bomber
    Region:
    Southern and Eastern African elephant range countries
    Principal partner:
    Awely, Wildlife and People

    Objective:
    To write and coordinate the illustration of a chilli bomber manual. The chilli bomber is a device used to shoot ping-pong balls, filled with a chilli oil extract, towards elephants, to chase them away from attractive crop fields, without hurting them. The original chilli bomber was developed by a group of experts in Zimbabwe, in collaboration with French agricultural research and international cooperation organization (CIRAD). Awely has modified and elaborately tested the chilli bomber.

    Methods/Activities:
    Summary of basic knowledge on the construction, maintenance, handling of a chilli bomber to effectively ward off elephants from crop fields. The manual also includes a section on community-based guarding and the production of the non-lethal ammunition (chilli balls).
    Development of a manual on construction and handling of a chilli bomber
    Development of a manual on construction and handling of a chilli bomber

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    Services

    Consultation on biodiversity conservation & sustainable development, solutions to human-wildlife conflicts, trainings for human-wildlife coexistence, community based approaches, feasibility studies, surveys, monitoring and evaluation.

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