Securing Elephant Corridors thorugh Human-Elephant Co-existence in South West Bengal, India

In the human dominated landscape of West Bengal, the elephant population has increased by 69% in the last 6 years. By behavior, these elephants are subdivided into migratory, residential and Mayurjharna elephants which makes HEC mitigation challenging. This population is less than 20% of the state’s entire elephant population, but claims more than 50-55% of the damages. The elephants’ historic migratory routes are being destroyed due to illegal timber harvesting and conversion of forest lands to fields, and are often obstructed by illegal electric fences. Work focused on the vulnerability of the inter-state migratory corridors and migratory passage within West Bengal in order to minimize detrimental human-elephant interactions, develop awareness for elephants and their needs while building capacity to reduce human elephant conflict.

IEF #135

Project Years: 2019

Project Partners:
Mr. Samya Basu, Asian Elephant Conservation Foundation (AECF), India