Community-based human elephant conflict mitigation in Pumat National Park
Pumat National Park is a priority area for conservation of wild Asian elephant in Vietnam, yet
elephants often venture out of the National Park and into the buffer zone that contains plantations
of industrial trees, fruit-bearing plants, crops and villages. The resulting human-elephant conflict
(HEC) has caused loss of crops and human life, damaging community support for elephant
conservation and causing retaliatory killing. This project will focus on building community
support for conservation and changing the adversarial relationships locals have with elephants.
Field surveys and local interviews/questionnaires will help identify target locations for a
stakeholder workshop and teaching HEC mitigation techniques. Community Elephant Protection
Teams (CEPT) will learn elephant monitoring and HEC mitigation techniques.