Community Based Anti-Poaching Units, Nepal – India

Approximately 120 elephants and 87 tigers share the same habitat in Bardia National Park and the surrounding area in Nepal. Increasing incidents of human-elephant and human-wildlife conflict have caused crop losses, property damage, and human deaths, which then lead to retaliatory killings of elephants and tigers. IEF support is building on previous conservation efforts in this region to mobilize village youths in 9 Rapid Response Teams, safely utilize mitigation measures including a 34 kilometer fence, form 13 fence repair and maintenance groups, and develop 9 change agents to serve as liaisons within communities. 45 conservation education events will be held to inspire behavioral change within community members and emphasize co-existence techniques, best practices, and ecology.

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