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Human Elephant Conflict Workshop

The proceedings have recently been released of an inspiring workshop held in April in Sri Lanka to bring together knowledge and expertise on tackling the Human Elephant Conflict that causes the death of over 50 people and over 100 elephants a year in the country. The one day workshop was organised by the Born Free Foundation and the Sri Lanka Nature Forum, and brought together over 30 stakeholders from the national government, academic bodies, local NGOs and international institutions. Discussions addressed geographic conflict ‘hot-spots’, national policy framework, research needs and the benefits of skill and knowledge sharing. Many useful conclusions were reached, not least that the exercise was extremely useful and should be developed into an ongoing networking initiative.

The opportunities for professionals of different disciplines to share ideas and information was greatly appreciated, and the enthusiasm of all the stakeholder groups to continue the process confirmed the positive reaction to the event. Further activities are being planned including a web portal to improve access to existing information, and targeted workshops to develop practical approaches on specific issues. Born Free Country Representative, Dr Deepani Jayantha , said “Although Sri Lanka has a big problem with HEC, I believe that we also have the solution here. It is so exciting for Born Free to be working with local organisations and supporting local capacity to facilitate this vital process.”

The full proceedings of the workshop can be downloaded here
(pdf 1.1MB).

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