Community-Based Elephant Conservation Program, Bhutan

Human-elephant conflict in Bhutan is a serious threat to rural livelihoods and results in crop and property damage. Additionally, there is a risk of danger when humans encounter wild elephants, such as in the case of farmers trying to protect their fields from crop-raiding elephants. Education and training is provided to farmers and forestry staff in order to reduce the intensity of elephant damage. Human elephant conflict is also addressed through elephant habitat improvement activities in the degraded areas. By protecting habitat for elephants, the project is providing habitat protection for a myriad of other native species that inhabit the same areas.

IEF #1025


Project Years: 2016 – 2018

Project Partners:
Nature conservation Division, Department of Forestry and Park Services, Bhutan