Implementing a Crowd-sourced Elephant Monitoring and Early Warning, India
Human-elephant conflict (HEC) is a near everyday occurrence in parts of India often resulting in human fatalities and retaliatory killings of elephants. If Asian elephants are to survive we need to foster tolerance and co-existence in the communities who share space with the species. Nature Conservation Foundation has developed an early warning system based on the community reporting of elephant presence that is then disseminated to a wider audience. This advanced warning has had promising results within the trial location. IEF is supporting the full implementation and expansion of this system to additional ranges in the Gudalur Forest Division. This system will also include a mechanism to identify individual elephants, monitor their movements over time, and note their “personalities” with the hope that people will relate to the species more and become invested in their protection.