Man-Animal Conflict

Common Grounds (An Interactive Cultural Event Addressing Man - Animal Conflict)

Common Grounds  (An Interactive Cultural Event Addressing Man - Animal Conflict)
  1. Date of event: 20th July 2019

  2. Time: 5pm-7.30pm

  3. Location: The Maati Centre, Uzanbazar, Guwahati

  4. Footfall: 60+ people

Failure of multiple agencies come to fore

Rituraj Borthakur

GUWAHATI, Dec 22 – Days after five elephants were mowed down by a train near Bamgaon Tea Estate at Balipara in Sonitpur district, fresh details on the incident point at failures of multiple line agencies, including the Forest, Railways and the administration.

The Railways had earlier claimed that the spot – ‘Km 135’ between Balipara and Dhalaibeel stations – is not a “known elephant corridor,” and that the nearest such notified corridor is at ‘Km 131’ and ‘Km 144’.

Going into Business for Wildlife Conservation

Stalking jaguar in Pantanal, Brazil. (Photo by Gautam Shah)

According to World Wildlife Fund, the rapid loss of wildlife species today is estimated to be up to 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate. We are watching them disappear on a daily basis. It is astounding.

Culling wild animals isn't part of the Indian ethos – we can do better to avoid conflict

Culling wild animals isn't part of the Indian ethos – we can do better to avoid conflict

Policy decisions in wildlife are rarely rooted in science and are often a result of political processes. In countries like Norway and North America, with their high quality and quantity of wildlife science, hunting of wild animals is culturally acceptable and carried out for harvesting meat, recreation, tradition and empowerment of rural communities. Culling is also carried out in response to human-wildlife conflict, despite lack of evidence of its efficacy.

The man who knew winter was coming: environmentalist Bittu Sahgal and the journey of ‘Sanctuary Asia’

The man who knew winter was coming: environmentalist Bittu Sahgal and the journey of ‘Sanctuary Asia’

We are because of nature, nature isn’t because of us. We currently live with a false sense of superiority over it, as we desecrate ecosystems with merciless urbanisation and crooked production practices. But over the din of destruction, one tenet alone shall ring true – A war against nature is futile. Jo kudrat se takaryega mitti mein mil gayega.

The Art of Beeing - California

The Art of Beeing - California
The Art of Beeing - California

British artist Louis Masai travels across the USA in Autumn 2016 to begin his attempt to tackle species extinction through art. It is one of the most ambitious mural projects of its kind to date, with 20 murals coming to 12 cities in just two months, reflecting the fast escalating extinction crisis.

Case study: BINOD BORA

Binod Bora Recipient of Conservation Through Innovation Awards, 2014 - Assam

Binod ‘Dulu’ Bora is a key member of the Green Guards Nataure Organization in Assam and he has dedicated his life towards wildlife conservation and rescue of wild animals from illegal trade. Bora specializes on human-wildlife conict matters in Assam, especially the ones involving Asian elephant conict mitigation and managing of straying leopards. His organization works on mitigation plans to deal with human and elephant deaths caused during interactions in the Nagaon-Karbi Anglong landscape.

Case Study: PANCHAN LAKHAR COMMUNITY CONSERVED AREA MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE (PLACCAMC)

 PANCHAN LAKHAR COMMUNITY CONSERVED AREA MANAGEMENT  COMMITTEE (PLACCAMC) Recipient of Nature Conservancy Awards, 2015 - Arunachal Pradesh

Local communities that inhabit villages around Protected Areas are one of the foremost stakeholders for conserving, due to their dependence on it. Their involvement in its conservation can help both nature and community to grow as one. The villagers of Kharman and Kyalegteng in Arunachal Pradesh were inspired by the idea of Community Conserved Area and approached Tata Trusts and WWF – India for technical and nancial support to demarcate 85 km² of unclassed State Forest land as the Pangchen Lakhar Community Conserved Area (PLACCA).

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