Conflict to Coexistence, West Bengal, India

Conflict to Coexistence: Securing Jharkhand-West Bengal Inter- State Elephant Corridor, India

Existing methods of combating human-elephant conflict (HEC) in West Bengal have focused on restricting inter-state elephant migration, which has limited resources to the elephant population and caused further habitat depredation. This project seeks to secure the existing Jaharkhand-West Bengal Inter-State Elephant Corridor through ecological restoration and building stakeholder capacity. The goal is to mitigate HEC in the corridor dependent villages, secure safe corridors for elephants, and train villagers to set up an ‘Early Response Squad.’ While the primary focus is to create “safe passage” for elephants and coordinate with forest department officials to remove physical barriers, the local community will benefit through learning alternate livelihoods, crop replacement, and other mitigation techniques to couple with the model ‘Early Response Squad.’