During the COVID-19 pandemic, the mobility of staff in Chitwan-Parsa National Parks has been greatly reduced, encouraging an increase in illegal activities and incidents of human-elephant conflict (HEC). These HEC incidents often lead to loss of human life and property damage, therefore spurring retaliatory killings. In order to encourage community tolerance for elephants,
provide for increased safety, and protect wildlife, this project will train Elephant Response Teams (ERTs) to monitor elephants and help manage HEC. Workshops will be held to train and review progress. This project will also study the effect of COVID-19 on overall elephant conservation in Nepal through a nationwide survey, collecting data on HEC incidents, and stakeholder engagement in order to better inform future conservation decisions.