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.
|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.|
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R.K. Srivastava, Inspector General of Project Elephant
Sonam Wangdi, Chief Coordinator of Elephant Conservation in Bhutan
Ranjit Barthakur, Chairman of Balipara Foundation
Dr Abhijit Rabha Addl PCCF Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council
Dr Varun Goswami WCS India Program
Nicholas Claxton, WoW Media
Dr Prachi Mehta Executive Director Wildlife Research & Conservation Society WRCS
Dr Khyne U Mar University of Sheffield
Lisa Mills State University of North Carolina
John Roberts of GTAEF Thailand
Dr Kamal Bawa distinguished Professor of Biology in University of Massachusetts
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam Shri Tarun Gogoi
Dr Divya Vasudev WCS India
Harshad Karandikar World Wide Fund for Nature India WWF India
Managing 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.
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.
Dr Vivek Menon Chairman of the IUCN Asian Elephant Specialist Group
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 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 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.
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. 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- India