Conservation Response Units (CRUs) in the Northern Sumatra Landscape, Indonesia

Aceh Province in Sumatra holds the majority of the remaining critically endangered Sumatran elephant population left in the world, but 80% of this population lives outside of conservation areas in fragmented habitats. This is a recipe for human-elephant conflict, which has escalated due to the financial difficulties caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic as people look for alternative incomes and rely more on natural resources. Conservation Response Units (CRUs) in Aceh province support human-elephant conflict mitigation, protect habitat, herd wild elephants away from human settlements, and conduct outreach and education.

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