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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

Manual on construction and handling of a chilli bomber

Manual on construction and handling of a chilli bomber

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

Contact

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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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