• Mon. May 27th, 2024

Aaranyak joins hands with Tamulpur administration for human-elephant coexistence

A consultation workshop organised by research-based biodiversity conservation organisation, Aaranyak (www.aaranyak.org) at Tamulpur on December 22 in collaboration with district administration of Tamulpur in Assam explored ways to create synergy among the local community, NGOs and various government departments to devise a sustainable integrated and effective strategy to deal with increasing incidents of human elephant interface that has intensified of late.

The workshop was held at the conference hall of DC office, where over 50 participants representing 13 line departments of Assam government along with media personnel engaged in an animated interaction.

This initiative of Aaranyak which is expected to provide succor to masses living in the region affected by the human-elephant interface, was highly commended by ADC, Dr Bebanga Talukdar. Dr Talukdar also appealed for pro-active inter-departments cooperation from all the line departments to reduce the intensity of human elephant interface (HEI).

Moreover, he stressed on the importance of following up on such initiative, which, he pledges to include in the agenda of the District Development Committee (DDC) meetings in order to monitor and understand progress achieved because of such initiatives.

He also underlined the need of such workshops in regular intervals involving line departments until positive results are achieved on ground for facilitating human elephant coexistence.

Dr Bibhuti Prasad Lahkar, Senior Scientist from Aaranyak, gave a brief overview of the scenario in Assam by focusing on Tamulpur. In his presentation, Dr Lahkar narrated the holistic approach that needs to be adopted towards the long-term resolution of HEI to establish human elephant coexistence.
In the highly engaged consultation session, representatives of different departments shared their thoughts on HEI and also spoke how they could also contribute in reducing the same.

In the workshop, apart from the officials from the district administration, representative officials of Forest Department, APDCL, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Agriculture, Department of Soil Conservation, Department of Social Welfare, Department of Irrigation, National Health Mission, KVK, National Rural Livelihood Mission, Assam State Rural Livelihood Mission, Department of Education, proactively attended.

The workshop started with the welcome address by Kukila Gogoi, ADC, where Assistant Commissioner Bibhash Pathak started the introduction session. Dibakar Nayak, Jiban Chetri, Rupam Goyari from Aaranyak actively facilitated the workshop which was coordinated by Aaranyaks Anjan Baruah and Rabiya Daimary and moderated by Jayanta Kumar Pathak of Aaranyak.

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