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16th Steering Committee meeting of Project Elephant

At the 16th Steering Committee meeting of Project Elephant, the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change launched a field manual named-Field Manual for Managing Human-Elephant Conflicts in India-to guide forest staffers dealing with HEC in major elephant range states. The manual was prepared by the ministry, along with the Wildlife Institute of India (WWI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF India).

It contains detailed best practices for minimizing human-elephant conflict. It is drafted with the aim of providing forest officials/ departments and other stakeholders with guidance towards interventions to help mitigate Human-Elephant Conflict, both in emergencies and when conflict poses a recurring challenge.

Key Points:

  • India is home to approximately 27,000 Asian Elephants, the world’s largest population of the species.
  • According to the Elephant Census (2017), Karnataka has the highest number of elephants (6,049), followed by Assam (5,719) and Kerala (3,054).

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