Wild Seve: Building Tolerance for Elephants Through Effective Mitigation and Compensation in India
by Dr. Krithi Karanth, Centre for Wildlife Studies
Fragmented habitats and rebounding elephant populations in India’s Western Ghats have exacerbated human-elephant conflict (HEC).
Our unique conservation initiative ‘Wild Seve’, uses mobile technology to file and track compensation claims, and identify conflict hotspots. This initiative services 600 villages and 480,000 people living adjacent to Bandipur and Nagarahole reserves. Despite mitigation use, 65% of families living around these reserves have lost €66,712 in crops and property due to elephants in the past
We propose a novel scientific evaluation of mitigation measures to identify the most effective crop protection mechanisms. This will aid conflict mitigation and conservation efforts.