August 19, 2016

Data concerning human-elephant conflict to be collected

Pilgrims ride elephants on their way to Alaungtawkathapa Cave.
Pilgrims ride elephants on their way to Alaungtawkathapa Cave.

THE Myanmar government is taking measures to mitigate the conflict between human beings and elephants in rural areas as elephant habitats shrink and human activity grows. The Ministry of Resources and Environmental Conservation will launch a data collection programme to gather information concerning elephant-human conflict. Projects are being formulated to collect the data in elephant habitats and places where conflict between humans and elephants take place, said U Maung Win, administrator of the Inndawgyi Wildlife Sanctuary.
The projects will involve the opening of training courses related to finding solutions to human-elephant conflicts, especially in  Taikkyi township, the drawing of maps within the southern part of Bago Yoma, the launching of an elephant census in 2017, assessment of the data collected and the establishment of an elephant emergency response units in conflict areas, it is reported.
The Forestry Department is working in co-operation with the worldwide Fund for Nature (WFN), aims to reduce elephant-human conflict.


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