Project Description

Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation through Habitat Improvement and Awareness, Bhutan

Elephants from India enter the country of Bhutan to raid crops in the agricultural fields due to habitat degradation and the unavailability of forage across the border in their home country. The Bhutan government’s program of the late 1990’s to resettle farmers from remote villages in the mountains to the more fertile plains in the south further exacerbates the problem as these mountain farmers had no experience with elephants and cleared the forests to plant crops without understanding the consequences of these actions. In order to address this issue, IEF support helps the Samtse Forest Division educate the local illiterate farmers about elephant conflict mitigation techniques as well as teach the importance of wildlife and habitat to the community while reinforcing that it is their responsibility to help protect elephants.