Implementation of an Elephant Migration Corridor, Namibia

Namibia’s unique and rare desert-adapted elephants are decreasing. Drought has forced elephants closer to humans, often onto commercial lands, causing human-elephant conflict, property damage, and financial losses. There is a serious need for habitat connectivity, securing migration routes to allow elephants to safely move to find resources without encountering human communities. A thorough study of the elephant population size, composition, behavior, and vulnerability using camera traps, patrols, and direct observation is being conducted and then used to identify and secure corridors and buffer zones for safe elephant movement. Water points are also being provided along migration routes to encourage elephants to stay on communal lands instead of commercial farms. To prevent further decline in elephant numbers, people who live alongside elephants are being taught how to avoid conflicts and trained ‘Elephant Guards’ will help in this quest. With the goal of reducing HEC, PEACE (People and Elephants Amicably Co-Existing) Conflict Mitigation Courses and training are being offered to 150 community members in 10 HEC-affected rural villages, 50 rural women who run households are learning safe defense strategies during 1-day intensive practical mitigation workshops, and 150 school children and teachers are receiving conservation-based education programs. ‘Elephant Guards’ are working within conservancies to educate and serve as a first response team to elephant-related emergencies. Elephant education safaris are also conducted in order to replace fear with understanding that elephants are an essential part of the ecosystem.

IEF #AF1036

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Project Years: 2020 – 2022

Project Partners:
Elephant Human Relations Aid