Supporting community-based conservation of Asian elephants in Rakhine Yoma, Myanmar

This project recognizes that conservation often imposes a significant opportunity cost on local communities, and that these same communities often have skills and experience that can be harnessed to promote conservation. This project will train villagers in elephant surveys to generate reliable data on total population, distribution, threats, and conservation status, support the participation of the villagers in joint patrols and associated management and monitoring activities, and support anti-wildlife trade and HEC mitigation through education and awareness.