Asian Elephants in the Wild: Elephant Talk 2015

The 2nd Edition of the Elephant Talk Conference 2015 culminated on the 6th of November 2015. The two-day event, , was conceived to delve upon the topics corridor-connectivity, conflict resolution & long-term planning, with the aim to create consensus on priority imperatives to drive meaningful conversation in the North Eastern Region of India and bordering states of Bhutan & Myanmar. Mr. Ranjit Barthakur, Chairman of the Balipara Foundation said that “conservation action cannot be fragmented as issues that face the Asian Elephant are common across all organizations & stakeholders. Conservation Organizations working in the Region have to come together under a common platform to ensure that each effort compliments the other and responds to a common goal”. The Conference was participated by all the leading Organizations & Experts from various facets of Wildlife Conservation (Governmental & Non-Governmental) to brainstorm upon the topics at hand and come up with a list of priority actionables that need to be immediately addressed and, most importantly, prescribe a structure of governance most likely to deliver on these priorities. The Event was  organized with support from WTI, WWF, WCS, IUCN, ANCF, Club of Rome, Corbett Foundation & APPL Foundation.

 

Event Details

Date 5th & 6th of November 2015
Venue Assam Administrative Staff College, Guwahati, Assam, India
Theme Creating Drivers for facilitating Priority Imperatives for Asian Elephant Conservation
Special Event Balipara Foundation Awards 2015.
Creative Event Artistic Interpretations on Human-Wildlife Interaction- An Exhibition.
Post Event Trips (Optional)
  • Balipara Foundation- WCS- APPL Foundation Field Station @ Kaziranga National Park
  • Balipara Foundation Field Station @ Nameri National Park
  • 7th to 10th November 2015

 

 

For more information, please write to robin.eastment@baliparafoundation.com

 

 

Robin Eastment, Balipara Foundation, sets the opening toneRobin Eastment, Balipara Foundation, sets the opening tone
R.K. Srivastava, opened the talk by giving a brief introduction on the issues and threats faced by wild elephants and the conservation initiatives. He suggested that strategies like Trans boundary coordination will help in elephant conservation.R.K. Srivastava, Inspector General of Project Elephant
Sonam Wangdi, spoke about the conservation commitments and achievements in his country and pointed out the need for both the countries to work together to protect habitats and species along the Indo-Bhutan border areas.Sonam Wangdi, Chief Coordinator of Elephant Conservation in Bhutan
Ranjit Barthakur did a critical review of the 10 resolutions that were adopted at the Elephant Talk, 2014, and admitted to the poor performance with regards to fulfill them. He called for unconventional thinking on conservation planning, and to build a “microcosm” for conservation by developing a sort of a knowledge centre on elephants and working at a global level.Ranjit Barthakur, Chairman of Balipara Foundation
Reducing Stress Levels of Wild Elephant Populations in the North Bank Landscape of Assam by Dr. Abhijit Rabha, Addl. PCCF, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council.Dr Abhijit Rabha Addl PCCF Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council
Managing human-elephant conflict: Knowing when and where to focus mitigation measures by  Dr. Varun Goswami, WCS- India ProgramDr Varun Goswami WCS India Program
Nicholas Claxton, raising a point on campaigning ideas for fund-raising.Nicholas Claxton, WoW Media
By the People, For the People, Of the People: Community-based Management of Elephant Conflict in North Kanara District, Karnataka by Dr. Prachi Mehta, Executive Director, Wildlife Research and Conservation Society (WRCS).Dr Prachi Mehta Executive Director Wildlife Research & Conservation Society WRCS
Dr Khyne U Mar, University of Sheffield, offers feedback on captive elephant management in Myanmar.Dr Khyne U Mar University of Sheffield
HEC mitigation through Community Stewardship: Case Study from the Indo-Bhutan Border by Lisa Mills, State University of North Carolina.Lisa Mills State University of North Carolina
John Roberts of GTAEF, Thailand in the conference proceedings.John Roberts of GTAEF Thailand
Dr. Kamal Bawa, distinguished Professor of Biology in University of Massachusetts and the founder of ATREE recounted the fascinating biological richness of the eastern Himalayas and about the ways they sustain the lives of millions of people.Dr Kamal Bawa distinguished Professor of Biology in University of Massachusetts
The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Tarun Gogoi, appreciated the initiative of the Talk and acknowledged the delegates’ participation in the same.Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam Shri Tarun Gogoi
Dr Divya Vasudev, WCS-India, engaging in discussions. Dr Vasudev presented her ideas on Functional connectivity in heterogeneous landscapes.Dr Divya Vasudev WCS India
Country wide Perspective of HEC in India – Harshad Karandikar, World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF-India) by Mr. KarandikarHarshad Karandikar World Wide Fund for Nature India WWF India
Managing Priority Corridors – Dr. Anupam Sarmah, WWF-IndiaManaging Priority Corridors – Dr. Anupam Sarmah, WWF-India
Nimesh Ved of Samrakshan Trust & winner of the 3rd Balipara Foundation Green Guru Awards, greeting his co-participants.Nimesh Ved of Samrakshan Trust & winner of the 3rd Balipara Foundation Green Guru Awards, greeting his co-participants.
Prof. Raman Sukumar of the Indian Institute of Science pointed at the importance of the contiguous landscape of North Bengal, North Bank of Brahmaputra, Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong Landscape and Meghalaya in terms of elephant distribution.Prof. Raman Sukumar of the Indian Institute of Science pointed at the importance of the contiguous landscape of North Bengal, North Bank of Brahmaputra, Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong Landscape and Meghalaya in terms of elephant distribution.
Monica L. Wrobel, Elephant Family, speaks about Elephant Family’s works on more space for all and global learning on vertebrate conservation and linear infrastructure development, along with cross border collaborations and skill building.Monica L. Wrobel, Elephant Family, speaks about Elephant Family’s works on more space for all and global learning on vertebrate conservation and linear infrastructure development, along with cross border collaborations and skill building.
Dr. Vivek Menon, who has recently been appointed as Chairman of the IUCN’s Asian Elephant Specialist Group. Flagged two important issues in protecting wild elephants today, the emergence of poaching and blocking of wildlife corridors/movement passages, citing the recent fight to bring down a concrete wall at Numaligarh Refinery which has blocked traditional elephant movement in the area.Dr Vivek Menon Chairman of the IUCN Asian Elephant Specialist Group
Mr Richard Leitch, Balipara Foundation Advisor, during the conference.Mr Richard Leitch, Balipara Foundation Advisor, during the conference.
Mr. Muthanna spoke of the various issues of international nexus of poaching, electrocution incidents and religious tourism and of the various conservation actions undertaken by WCS.Mr. Muthanna spoke of the various issues of international nexus of poaching, electrocution incidents and religious tourism and of the various conservation actions undertaken by WCS.
Mr Ravi Singh, CEO WWF- India spoke about a structured recommendation for a Transboundary Elephant Reserve in India, Nepal and Bhutan.Mr Ravi Singh, CEO WWF- India spoke about a structured recommendation for a Transboundary Elephant Reserve in India, Nepal and Bhutan.
Mr O. P. Pandey, PCCF (WL) Assam speaks about managing the successes of Kaziranga into the future.Mr O. P. Pandey, PCCF (WL) Assam speaks about managing the successes of Kaziranga into the future.
Mr Sonam Wangchuk, presented challenges for conservation in Bhutan and highlighted opportunities for working together with India.Mr Sonam Wangchuk, presented challenges for conservation in Bhutan and highlighted opportunities for working together with India.
Mr M. K. Yadav, Field Director Kaziranga National Park makes an impressive point about land tenure and land rights and its intricacies with conservation.Mr M. K. Yadav, Field Director Kaziranga National Park makes an impressive point about land tenure and land rights and its intricacies with conservation.
Dr. Atal & Mr. Kakati, APPL Foundation, offering feedback on the role of Tea Estates in Elephant Conservation.Dr. Atal & Mr. Kakati, APPL Foundation, offering feedback on the role of Tea Estates in Elephant Conservation.
Mr. Sandeep Tiwari, WTI, presented a Case Study on securing Kalapahar – Daigurung Corridor, Kaziranga- Karbi Anglong Landscape.Mr. Sandeep Tiwari, WTI, presented a Case Study on securing Kalapahar – Daigurung Corridor, Kaziranga- Karbi Anglong Landscape.
Mr. Gunter Pauli, President of the ZERI Network, spoke about the fantastic idea of society, community and environment being incorporated into a single business model, thereby allowing nature get back to its evolutionary and symbiotic path.Mr. Gunter Pauli, President of the ZERI Network, spoke about the fantastic idea of society, community and environment being incorporated into a single business model, thereby allowing nature get back to its evolutionary and symbiotic path.
Launching of the report titled "Hidden Himalayas: Asia's Wonderland - New species discoveries in the Eastern Himalayas, Volume II, 2009- 2014”. Ravi Singh, CEO WWF- IndiaLaunching of the report titled "Hidden Himalayas: Asia's Wonderland - New species discoveries in the Eastern Himalayas, Volume II, 2009- 2014”. Ravi Singh, CEO WWF- India

 

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